Establishment; Director; Deputy Director
There is established in the Executive Office of the President an office to be known as the Office of Environmental Quality (hereafter in this chapter referred to as the “Office”). The Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality established by Public Law 91–190 shall be the Director of the Office. There shall be in the Office a Deputy Director who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Employment of personnel, experts, and consultants; compensation
The Director is authorized to employ such officers and employees (including experts and consultants) as may be necessary to enable the Office to carry out its functions under this chapter and Public Law 91–190, except that he may employ no more than ten specialists and other experts without regard to the provisions of title 5, governing appointments in the competitive service, and pay such specialists and experts 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, but no such specialist or expert shall be paid at a rate in excess of the maximum rate for GS–18 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5.
Duties and functions of Director
In carrying out his functions the Director shall assist and advise the President on policies and programs of the Federal Government affecting environmental quality by—
(1) providing the professional and administrative staff and support for the Council on Environmental Quality established by Public Law 91–190;
(2) assisting the Federal agencies and departments in appraising the effectiveness of existing and proposed facilities, programs, policies, and activities of the Federal Government, and those specific major projects designated by the President which do not require individual project authorization by Congress, which affect environmental quality;
(3) reviewing the adequacy of existing systems for monitoring and predicting environmental changes in order to achieve effective coverage and efficient use of research facilities and other resources;
(4) promoting the advancement of scientific knowledge of the effects of actions and technology on the environment and encourage 1
1 So in original. Probably should be “encouraging”. the development of the means to prevent or reduce adverse effects that endanger the health and well-being of man;
(5) assisting in coordinating among the Federal departments and agencies those programs and activities which affect, protect, and improve environmental quality;
(6) assisting the Federal departments and agencies in the development and interrelationship of environmental quality criteria and standards established through the Federal Government;
(7) collecting, collating, analyzing, and interpreting data and information on environmental quality, ecological research, and evaluation.
Authority of Director to contract
The Director is authorized to contract with public or private agencies, institutions, and organizations and with individuals without regard to section 3324(a) and (b) of title 31 and section 6101 of title 41 in carrying out his functions.
(Pub. L. 91–224, title II, § 203, Apr. 3, 1970, 84 Stat. 114; 1970 Reorg. Plan No. 2, § 102, eff. July 1, 1970, 35 F.R. 7959, 84 Stat. 2085.)