Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 116 Part 2.djvu/694

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116 STAT. 1476 PUBLIC LAW 107-231—OCT. 1, 2002 appropriate adoption by the Federal Government, and encourage the appropriate adoption by other agencies and organizations, of the recommendations of the Team with respect to— (A) technical aspects of evacuation and emergency response procedures; (B) specific improvements to building standards, codes, and practices; and (C) other actions needed to help prevent future building failures. 15 USC 7309. SEC. 10. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY ANNUAL REPORT. Deadline. Not later than February 15 of each year, the Director shall transmit to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes— (1) a summary of the investigations conducted by Teams during the prior fiscal year; (2) a summary of recommendations made by the Teams in reports issued under section 8 during the prior fiscal year and a description of the extent to which those recommendations have been implemented; and (3) a description of the actions taken to improve building safety and structural integrity by the National Institute of Standards and Technology during the prior fiscal year in response to reports issued under section 8. 15 USC 7310. SEC. 11. ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (a) ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS. —The Director, in consultation with the United States Fire Administration and other appropriate Federal agencies, shall establish an advisory committee to advise the Director on carrying out this Act and to review the procedures developed under section 2(c)(1) and the reports issued under section 8. Deadline. (b) ANNUAL REPORT. —On January 1 of each year, the advisory committee shall transmit to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes— (1) an evaluation of Team activities, along with recommendations to improve the operation and effectiveness of Teams; and (2) an assessment of the implementation of the recommendations of Teams and of the advisory committee. (c) DURATION OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE.— Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act shall not apply to the advisory committee established under this section. 15 USC 7311. SEC. 12. ADDITIONAL APPLICABILITY. The authorities and restrictions applicable under this Act to the Director and to Teams shall apply to the activities of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. SEC. 13. AMENDMENT. Section 7 of the National Bureau of Standards Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1986 (15 U.S.C. 281a) is amended by inserting ", or from an investigation under the National Construction Safety Team Act," after "from such investigation".