Members shall be appointed for a term of 3 years, with the term of ⅓ of the members expiring each year.
Any vacancy in the Advisory Committee shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
A member of the Advisory Committee may not participate in any specific-party matter (including a lease, license, permit, contract, claim, agreement, or related litigation) with the Department of the Interior in which the member has a direct financial interest.
The Advisory Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairperson, not less than 1 time each year and not more than 4 times each year.
A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold meetings or hearings.
The Advisory Committee, with the concurrence of the Chairperson of the Committee, may secure directly from any covered agency such information as the Advisory Committee considers necessary to carry out this chapter. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee, the head of such agency shall furnish such information to the Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other agencies of the Federal Government.
A member of the Advisory Committee who is not an officer or employee of the Federal Government shall serve without compensation.
A member of the Advisory Committee who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government shall serve without compensation in addition to the compensation received for the services of the member as an officer or employee of the Federal Government.
The members of the Advisory Committee shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5 while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Advisory Committee.
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Advisory Committee shall terminate 10 years after October 5, 2018.