PUBLIC LAW 5 5 8 - J U L Y 29, 1954
Public Law 558
JOINT RESOLUTION To strengthen the foreign relations of the United States by establishing a Commission on Governmental Use of International Telecommimications.
Whereas the overseas information program as carried on through the media of telecommunications is of continuing and increasing importance in carrying out and supporting the foreign policies of the United States; and Whereas in his State of the Union message, February 2, 1953, the President asserted the necessity "to make more effective all activities related to international information": Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Ameinca in Congress assembled, That there is hereby establlslied a commission to be known as the Commission on Governmental Use of International Teleconnnunications (in this Act referred to as the "Commission"), MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION
SEC. 2. NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT.—The Commission shall be com-
posed of nine members as follows: (1) Five appointed by the President of the United States, of whom at least one shall be appointed from the telecommunications industry and at least one from the field of education and of whom not more more than three shall be from the same political party; (2) Tw^o appointed from the Senate by the President of the Senate of whom not more than one shall be from the same political party; and (3) Tw^o appointed from the House of Representatives by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of whom not more than one shall be from the same political party. ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSION
SEC. 3. The Commission shall choose its Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its members and shall establish its own procedure. QUORUM
SEC. 4. Five members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION
SEC. 5. (a) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.—Members of Congress who
members of the Commission shall serve without compensation in addition to that received for their services as Members of Congress; but without regard to any other provision of law they shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of the duties vested in the Commission and reasonable advances may be made to them for such purposes. (b) MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.—Any members of the Commission who may be in the executive branch of the Government shall receive the compensation which he would receive if he were not a member of the Commission, but without regard to any other provision of law they shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of the duties vested in the Commission and reasonable advances may be made to them for such purposes.
July 29, 1954 [S. J. R e s. 96]
Commission o n Governmental U s e of International T e 1 e c o mmvinications.