The Secretary shall maintain in the Office of the Secretary an Office of Tribal Relations, which shall advise the Secretary on policies related to Indian tribes and carry out such other functions as the Secretary considers appropriate.
In this subsection:
The term "Indian tribe" has the meaning given the term in sectionof title 25.
The term "relevant committees of Congress" means-
The term "tribal organization" has the meaning given the term in sectionof title 25.
The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee, to be known as the Tribal Advisory Committee (referred to in this subsection as the "Committee") to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on matters relating to Tribal and Indian affairs.
The Committee shall be composed of 11 members, of whom-
The Secretary shall accept nominations for members of the Committee from any of the following:
To the maximum extent feasible, the Secretary shall ensure that the members of the Committee represent a diverse set of expertise on issues relating to geographic regions, Indian tribes, and the agricultural industry.
No member of the Committee shall be an officer or employee of the Federal Government.
Each member of the Committee-
The first 3 appointments by the Secretary under paragraph (3)(A)(i) shall be for a 2-year term.
Any vacancy in the Committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment not more than 90 days after the date on which the position becomes vacant.
The Committee shall meet in person not less than twice each year.
Not fewer than 1 representative from the Office of Tribal Relations of the Department shall be present at each meeting of the Committee.
The individuals described in clauses (ii) and (iii) shall be nonvoting representatives at meetings of the Committee.
The Committee shall-
Not less frequently than once each year, the Committee shall submit to the Secretary and the relevant committees of Congress a report that describes-
Members of the Committee shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under sectionof title 5 for each day (including travel time) during which the member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the Committee.
Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Committee.
7 U.S.C. § 6921
REFERENCES IN TEXTSection 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, referred to in subsec. (b)(7), is section 14 of Pub. L. 92-463 which is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
CODIFICATIONSection was enacted as part of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, and not as part of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 which in part comprises this chapter.
AMENDMENTS2018- Pub. L. 115-334 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), inserted heading, and added subsec. (b).
- The term "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
- The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture.