POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION
TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE


Government Organization and Employees



LINKS TO PROJECT FILES

(1) Bill

(2) Report

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.
  • October 16, 2020.—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.
  • May 27, 2021.—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 117th Congress.
  • November 12, 2021.—H.R. 5961 (117th Congress) introduced by Rep. Neguse and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • November 30, 2021.—H.R. 5961 (117th Congress) Reported from the Committee on the Judiciary. See House Report 117-193.
  • December 8, 2021.—H.R. 5961 (117th Congress) passed under suspension of the rules.-
  • December 9, 2021.—H.R. 5961 (117th Congress) received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

    Questions and comments about the project may be directed to:


         Ken Paretzky
         Senior Counsel
         Office of the Law Revision Counsel
         U.S. House of Representatives
         Washington, D.C. 20515

         Email: ken.paretzky@mail.house.gov
         Telephone: (202) 226-2411