102 STAT. 342
PUBLIC LAW 100-297—APR. 28, 1988
in writing that a meeting be held. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum. (b) DIRECTOR OF THE FUND.—(1) The Secretary shall appoint a Director of the Fund to serve a 4-year term. No individual may serve as Director for more than 8 years. (2) The Director shall advise the Board about developments in education that merit the attention of the Board, identify promising initiatives, coordinate the work of the Fund with the work of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and provide such information and assistance as may be necessary to enable the Board to carry out its functions. The Director may offer comments to the Board on any application to the Fund. (3) The Director shall— (A) consult with the Board on priorities for the improvement of education, (B) design grant competitions, (C) solicit proposals, (D) administer grant competitions, (E) review and prioritize proposals, (F) monitor funded projects, and (G) disseminate the results of successful projects. (c) PRIORITIES RULE.—In January of every calendar year, the Board shall advise the Secretary and the Congress of the priorities of the Board for the improvement of education and the implications of the priorities for the Fund. The Secretary shall give careful consideration to the priorities set forth by the Board. By December 31 of each calendar year, the Director shall provide the Congress with a report for that year summarizing the projects funded for that year. (d) REVIEW AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES.—The Director shall establish procedures for reviewing and evaluating grants and contracts made or entered into under this part. The procedures established under this subsection for reviewing grant applications or contracts for financial assistance under this Act may not be subject to any review outside of officials responsible for the administration of the Fund. (e) PROPOSAL REVIEW.—In reviewing proposals, the Director shall consider the need for the proposed project and its plan of operation, educational value, budget and cost effectiveness, plan for evaluation, proposed impact, expected outcomes, potential transferability to other settings, and other factors as appropriate with respect to the goals and priorities of the Fund. The Secretary shall also consider, to the extent practicable, the geographic distribution of the projects selected for funding. The Secretary shall take appropriate steps to ensure that new applicants are encouraged to participate in any grant competition sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching. (f) PERSONNEL.—The Secretary may appoint for terms not to exceed 3 years, without regard to the provisions of title 5 of the United States Code governing appointments in the competitive service, not more than 7 technical employees to administer this part who may be paid 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.