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§ 802. —  Program.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 2USC802]

                          TITLE 2--THE CONGRESS
Sec. 802. Program

(a) Establishment, functions, and purposes; nature of awards

    The Board shall establish and administer a program to be known as 
the Congressional Award Program, which shall be designed to promote 
initiative, achievement, and excellence among youths in the areas of 
public service, personal development, and physical and expedition 
fitness. Under the program medals shall be awarded to young people 
within the United States, aged fourteen through twenty-three (subject to 
such exceptions as the Board may prescribe), who have satisfied the 
standards of achievement established by the Board under subsection (b) 
of this section. Each medal shall consist of gold-plate over bronze, 
rhodium over bronze, or bronze and shall be struck in accordance with 
subsection (f) of this section.

(b) Implementation requirements for Board

    In carrying out the Congressional Award Program, the Board shall--
        (1) establish the standards of achievement required for young 
    people to qualify as recipients of the medals and establish such 
    procedures as may be required to verify that individuals satisfy 
    such qualifications;
        (2) designate the recipients of the medals in accordance with 
    the standards established under paragraph (1) of this subsection;
        (3) delineate such roles as the Board considers to be 
    appropriate for the Director and Regional Directors in administering 
    the Congressional Award, and set forth in the bylaws of the Board 
    the duties, salaries, and benefits of the Director and Regional 
        (4) raise funds for the operation of the program; and
        (5) take such other actions as may be appropriate for the 
    administration of the Congressional Award Program.

No salary established by the Board under paragraph (3) shall exceed 
$75,000 per annum, except that for calendar years after 1986, such limit 
shall be increased in proportion to increases in the Consumer Price 

(c) Presentation of awards

    The Board shall arrange for the presentation of the awards to the 
recipients and shall provide for participation by Members of Congress in 
such presentation, when appropriate. To the extent possible, recipients 
shall be provided with opportunities to exchange information and views 
with Members of Congress during the presentation of the awards.

(d) Scholarships for recipients of Congressional Award Gold, Silver, and 
        Bronze Medals

    The Board may award scholarships in such amounts as the Board 
determines to be appropriate to any recipient of the Congressional Award 
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.

(e) Omitted

(f) Congressional Award Program medals

                       (1) Design and striking

        The Secretary of the Treasury shall strike the medals described 
    in subsection (a) of this section and awarded by the Board under 
    this chapter. Subject to subsection (a) of this section, the medals 
    shall be of such quantity, design, and specifications as the 
    Secretary of the Treasury may determine, after consultation with the 

                         (2) National medals

        The medals struck pursuant to this chapter are National medals 
    for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31.

                 (3) Authorization of appropriations

        There are authorized to be charged against the Numismatic Public 
    Enterprise Fund such amounts as may be necessary to pay for the cost 
    of the medals struck pursuant to this chapter.

(Pub. L. 96-114, title I, Sec. 102, formerly Sec. 3, Nov. 16, 1979, 93 
Stat. 851; Pub. L. 99-161, Sec. 4(a)-(c), Nov. 25, 1985, 99 Stat. 934; 
Pub. L. 100-674, Sec. 2(a), Nov. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 3996; Pub. L. 101-
525, Sec. 3, Nov. 6, 1990, 104 Stat. 2305; Pub. L. 103-329, title VI, 
Sec. 637, Sept. 30, 1994, 108 Stat. 2431; Pub. L. 106-63, Sec. 1(a), 
Oct. 1, 1999, 113 Stat. 510; renumbered title I, Sec. 102, and amended 
Pub. L. 106-533, Sec. 1(b)(1), (2), (4), Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2553.)


    Subsection (e), which required the Board to submit an annual report 
to Congress on the activities of the Congressional Award Program, 
terminated, effective May 15, 2000, pursuant to section 3003 of Pub. L. 
104-66, as amended, set out as a note under section 1113 of Title 31, 
Money and Finance. See, also, page 199 of House Document No. 103-7.


    2000--Subsec. (e)(3). Pub. L. 106-533, Sec. 1(b)(4)(A), which 
directed technical amendment to reference in original act which would 
have appeared in text as reference to section 804(g)(1) of this title 
could not be executed because that reference did not appear in the 
original. See Codification note above.
    Subsec. (e)(4). Pub. L. 106-533, Sec. 1(b)(4)(B), made technical 
amendment to reference in original act which appears in text as 
reference to section 806 of this title. See Codification note above.
    1999--Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 106-63 substituted ``June 1'' for ``April 
1'' in introductory provisions.
    1994--Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-329, Sec. 637(1), struck out ``gold, 
silver, and bronze'' after ``Under the program'' and substituted last 
sentence for former last sentence which read as follows: ``The medals 
shall be of such design and materials as the Board may determine.''
    Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 103-329, Sec. 637(2), added subsec. (f).
    1990--Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101-525 substituted ``April 1'' for 
``March 1''.
    1988--Subsec. (e)(6) to (8). Pub. L. 100-674 added pars. (6) and (7) 
and redesignated former par. (6) as (8).
    1985--Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99-161, Sec. 4(a), inserted provision 
limiting salaries established by Board under par. (3) to $75,000 per 
annum, such limit after 1986 being increased in proportion to Consumer 
Price Index.
    Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 99-161, Sec. 4(b), inserted reference to Silver 
and Bronze Medals.
    Subsec. (e)(4). Pub. L. 99-161, Sec. 4(c), inserted ``for each 
member, officer, employee, and consultant of the Board (or of the 
Corporation established pursuant to section 806(g)(1) of this title)''.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in section 801 of this title.

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