H. R. 1530
To establish the Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 13, 2011
Mr. WOLF (for himself and Mr. HUNTER) introduced the following bill; which
was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To establish the Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN STUDY GROUP.
(a) Establishment- There is established in the legislative branch the Afghanistan-Pakistan
Study Group (in this Act referred to as the `Group').
(b) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that, to the maximum extent
practicable, the Group should be modeled on the Iraq Study Group.
SEC. 2. COMPOSITION OF GROUP.
(a) Members- The Group shall be composed of 10 members, of whom--
(1) 1 member shall be appointed by the President, who shall serve as a co-chair
of the Group;
(2) 1 member shall be appointed by the leader of the Senate (majority or
minority leader, as the case may be) of the Republican Party, in consultation
with the leader of the House of Representatives (majority or minority leader,
as the case may be) of the Republican Party, who shall serve as a co-chair
of the Group;
(3) 2 members shall be appointed by the senior member of the Senate leadership
of the Democratic Party;
(4) 2 members shall be appointed by the senior member of the leadership
of the House of Representatives of the Republican Party;
(5) 2 members shall be appointed by the senior member of the Senate leadership
of the Republican Party; and
(6) 2 members shall be appointed by the senior member of the leadership
of the House of Representatives of the Democratic Party.
(b) Qualifications; Other Membership Requirements-
(1) POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION- Not more than 5 members of the Group shall
be from the same political party. An individual appointed to the Group may
not be a full-time officer or employee of the Federal Government.
(2) SENSE OF CONGRESS- It is the sense of Congress that individuals appointed
to the Group should be prominent United States citizens, with national recognition
and significant depth of experience in such professions as diplomacy, the
armed services, governmental service, law, intelligence gathering, and foreign
(c) Deadline for Appointment- All members of the Group shall be appointed
not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(d) Vacancies- Any vacancy in the Group shall not affect its powers, but shall
be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.
(1) PROHIBITION ON BASIC PAY- Members of the Group shall serve without pay
in connection with their service for the Group.
(2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- While away from their homes or regular places of business
in the performance of services for the Group, members of the Group shall
be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in
the same manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service
are allowed expenses under section 5703(b) of title 5, United States Code.
(f) Initial Meeting- The Group shall meet and begin the operations of the
Group as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(g) Quorum- After its initial meeting, the Group shall meet upon the call
of the co-chairs of the Group or a majority of the members of the Group. Six
members of the Group shall constitute a quorum.
SEC. 3. DUTIES.
(a) In General- The Group shall conduct a forward-looking, independent assessment
of the current and prospective situation on the ground in Afghanistan and
Pakistan, its impact on the surrounding region, and its consequences for United
States interests. The Group shall examine four broad topic areas to include
the strategic environment in and around Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well
as security, political, and economic and reconstruction developments in those
(b) Report- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this
Act, the Group shall submit to the President and Congress a report on the
assessment conducted under this subsection, including relevant policy recommendations
SEC. 4. POWERS OF GROUP.
(a) Rules of Procedure- The Group may establish rules for the conduct of the
Group's business, if such rules are not inconsistent with this Act or other
(b) Hearings and Evidence- The Group or, on the authority of the Group, any
subcommittee or member thereof, may, for the purpose of carrying out this
(1) hold such hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such
testimony, and receive such evidence; and
(2) require the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production
of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents,
as the Group or such designated subcommittee or designated member may determine
(c) Contracting- The Group may, to such extent and in such amounts as are
provided in appropriation Acts, enter into contracts to enable the Group to
discharge its duties under this Act.
(d) Information From Federal Agencies-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Group is authorized to secure directly from any executive
department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment,
or instrumentality of the Government, information, suggestions, estimates,
and statistics for the purposes of this Act. Each department, bureau, agency,
board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality
shall, to the extent authorized by law, furnish such information, suggestions,
estimates, and statistics directly to the Group, upon request made by the
co-chairs, the chairman of any subcommittee created by a majority of the
Group, or any member designated by a majority of the Group.
(2) RECEIPT, HANDLING, STORAGE, AND DISSEMINATION- Information shall only
be received, handled, stored, and disseminated by members of the Group and
its staff consistent with all applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive
(e) Assistance From Federal Agencies-
(1) GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- The Administrator of General Services
shall provide to the Group on a reimbursable basis administrative support
and other services for the performance of the Group's duties.
(2) OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES- In addition to the assistance prescribed
in paragraph (1), departments and agencies of the United States may provide
to the Group such services, funds, facilities, and other support services
as they may determine advisable and as may be authorized by law.
(f) Gifts- The Group may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of
services or property for the purpose of facilitating the work of the Group.
(g) Postal Services- The Group may use the United States mails in the same
manner and under the same conditions as departments and agencies of the United
SEC. 5. STAFF OF GROUP.
(a) Appointment and Compensation- The co-chairs, in accordance with rules
agreed upon by the Group, may appoint and fix the compensation of a staff
director and such other personnel as may be necessary to enable the Group
to carry out its duties, without regard to the provisions of title 5, United
States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and without
regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of
such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except
that no rate of pay fixed under this subsection may exceed the equivalent
of that payable for a position at level V of the Executive Schedule under
section 5316 of title 5, United States Code.
(b) Prohibition on Personnel as Federal Employees- The positions of staff
director and other personnel of the Group described in subsection (a) may
not be filled by individuals who are Federal Government employees.
(c) Expert and Consultant Services- The Group is authorized to procure the
services of experts and consultants in accordance with section 3109 of title
5, United States Code, but at rates not to exceed the daily rate paid a person
occupying a position at level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315
of title 5, United States Code.
(d) Volunteer Services- Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States
Code, the Group may accept and use voluntary and uncompensated services as
the Group determines necessary.
SEC. 6. TERMINATION.
(a) In General- The Group, and all the authorities of this Act, shall terminate
60 days after the date on which the report is submitted under section 3(b).
(b) Administrative Activities Before Termination- The Group may use the 60-day
period referred to in paragraph (1) for the purpose of concluding its activities,
including providing testimony to committees of Congress concerning its report
and disseminating the report.
SEC. 7. FUNDING.
(a) Transfer of Funds From Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs- Of the
amounts made available under the heading `Administration of Foreign Affairs,
Diplomatic and Consular Programs' for the Bureau of South and Central Asian
Affairs for fiscal year 2011, $1,000,000 shall be available for transfer to
the Group for purposes of carrying out this Act.
(b) Prohibition on Additional Funds- No additional funds are authorized to
be appropriated to carry out this Act.