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§ 473. —  Technology Assessment Board.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 2USC473]

                          TITLE 2--THE CONGRESS
Sec. 473. Technology Assessment Board

(a) Membership

    The Board shall consist of thirteen members as follows:
        (1) six Members of the Senate, appointed by the President pro 
    tempore of the Senate, three from the majority party and three from 
    the minority party;
        (2) six Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the 
    Speaker of the House of Representatives, three from the majority 
    party and three from the minority party; and
        (3) the Director, who shall not be a voting member.

(b) Execution of functions during vacancies; filling of vacancies

    Vacancies in the membership of the Board shall not affect the power 
of the remaining members to execute the functions of the Board and shall 
be filled in the same manner as in the case of the original appointment.

(c) Chairman and vice chairman, selection procedure

    The Board shall select a chairman and a vice chairman from among its 
members at the beginning of each Congress. The vice chairman shall act 
in the place and stead of the chairman in the absence of the chairman. 
The chairmanship and the vice chairmanship shall alternate between the 
Senate and the House of Representatives with each Congress. The chairman 
during each even-numbered Congress shall be selected by the Members of 
the House of Representatives on the Board from among their number. The 
vice chairman during each Congress shall be chosen in the same manner 
from that House of Congress other than the House of Congress of which 
the chairman is a Member.

(d) Meetings; powers of Board

    The Board is authorized to sit and act at such places and times 
during the sessions, recesses, and adjourned periods of Congress, and 
upon a vote of a majority of its members, to require by subpena or 
otherwise the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such 
books, papers, and documents, to administer such oaths and affirmations, 
to take such testimony, to procure such printing and binding, and to 
make such expenditures, as it deems advisable. The Board may make such 
rules respecting its organization and procedures as it deems necessary, 
except that no recommendation shall be reported from the Board unless a 
majority of the Board assent. Subpenas may be issued over the signature 
of the chairman of the Board or of any voting member designated by him 
or by the Board, and may be served by such person or persons as may be 
designated by such chairman or member. The chairman of the Board or any 
voting member thereof may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses.

(Pub. L. 92-484, Sec. 4, Oct. 13, 1972, 86 Stat. 798.)

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