POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION
TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE


Government Organization and Employees



BACKGROUND

In September 1966, Public Law 89-554 enacted a restatement of existing law relating to government organization and employees as a new positive law title of the United States Code. As with all positive law codification measures, the enactment of title 5, United States Code, did not create new law or change the meaning or effect of existing law. Rather, the organizational structure of the existing law was improved, and ambiguities, contradictions, and other imperfections in the law were removed. Detailed information about Public Law 89-554 is available in House Report No. 901 and Senate Report No. 1380 from the 89th Congress.


Subsequent to enactment of title 5, United States Code, 3 additional Acts relating to government organization and employees were enacted. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463), the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452), and the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-521) were classified to an appendix to title 5, United States Code. A draft bill has been prepared to incorporate the 3 Acts as chapters of title 5, United States Code.


The bill makes revisions in title 5, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical corrections and improvements. The bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of its responsibility under section 205(c) of House Resolution No. 988, 93d Congress, as enacted into law by Public Law 93-554 (2 U.S.C. 285b), to prepare and submit periodically to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives proposed bills to maintain titles of the United States Code that have been enacted into positive law. For more information about the process of positive law codification generally, see the brochure Positive Law Codification in the United States Code.


MAJOR ACTIONS AND STATUS

  • September 18, 2017.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel submitted an initial draft bill (and accompanying explanation) to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 115th Congress.

RELATED LINKS

(1) BILL (draft bill to update title 5, United States Code)

(2) EXPLANATION (explanation of draft bill with section-by-section summary)

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Questions and comments about the draft bill should be directed to:


     Robert M. Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, D.C. 20515

     Email: robert.sukol@mail.house.gov
     Telephone: (202) 226-2411