POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION
TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE


Government Organization and Employees



BACKGROUND

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives has prepared a draft bill (and accompanying explanation) to improve the United States Code. The bill does not enact new law or change existing law. Rather, the bill improves the United States Code by transferring three Acts out of the appendix to title 5, United States Code, and incorporating those Acts in the title itself.


The three Acts involved in this project are the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Inspector General Act of 1978, and the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Those Acts belong in the body of title 5, United States Code, not in an appendix. The bill accomplishes the transfer by restating the three Acts to become three new chapters in title 5, United States Code. The restatement of the Acts does not change the meaning or effect of the existing law, but technical errors in the existing law are corrected and obsolete references are updated.


The bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of its ongoing responsibility under 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.


HISTORY OF ACTIVITY INCLUDING PREDECESSOR BILLS

  • 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.
  • June 14, 2019.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel submitted an updated draft bill (and accompanying explanation) to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 116th Congress.

RELATED LINKS

    (1) Draft Bill.


    (2) Explanation (including Disposition Table and Section-by-Section Explanation of Draft Bill).


QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Questions and comments are welcome and may be directed to:


     Rob 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