102 STAT. 2636
PUBLIC LAW 100-527—OCT. 25, 1988
(B) A commission established under this paragraph shall be composed of the following members appointed by the Secretary: (i) Three persons representing clinical care and medical research and education activities affected by the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration. (ii) Two persons representing veterans served by the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration. (iii) Two persons who have experience in the management of veterans health services and research programs, or programs of similar content and scope. (iv) The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (v) The Chairman of the Special Medical Advisory Group established under section 4112 of title 38, United States Code. (vi) One person who has held the position of Chief Medical Director, if the Secretary determines that it is desirable for such person to be a member of the Commission. (C) A commission established under this paragraph shall recommend at least three individuals for appointment to the position of Chief Medical Director. Such commission shall submit all recommendations to the Secretary. The Secretary shall forward such recommendations to the President with any comments the Secretary considers appropriate. Thereafter, the President may request such commission to recommend additional individuals for appointment. (D) The Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs who performs personnel management and labor relations functions shall serve as the executive secretary of a commission established under this paragraph. President of U.S. (c) CHIEF BENEFITS DIRECTOR.—(1) There shall be in the Department a Chief Benefits Director, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, without regard to political affiliation or activity and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in fiscal management and the administration of programs within the Veterans Benefits Administration or programs of similar content and scope. The Chief Benefits Director shall be the head of, and shall be directly responsible to the Secretary for the operations of, the Veterans Benefits Administration. The Chief Benefits Director shall be appointed for a period of four years, with reappointment permissible for successive like periods. If the President removes the Chief Benefits Director prior to the completion of the term for which the Chief Benefits Director is appointed, the President shall communicate the reasons for such removal to both Houses of Congress. (2)(A) Whenever a vacancy in the position of Chief Benefits Director occurs or is anticipated, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a commission to recommend individuals to the President for appointment to the position. (B) A commission established under this paragraph shall be composed of the following members appointed by the Secretary: (i) Three persons representing education and training, real estate, mortgage finance, and related industries, and survivor benefits activities affected by the Veterans Benefits Administration. (ii) Two persons representing veterans served by the Veterans Benefits Administration.