The Secretary shall serve as the Chair of the Council.
The Council shall coordinate policy development through the rural development mission area.
The Secretary shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.
The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Council, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Council.
Each executive department or agency shall be responsible for paying any expenses of the executive department or agency for participating in the Council.
The Council may establish, in addition to the working groups established under paragraph (3), such other working groups as necessary.
The Secretary shall include as members of each working group such Council members, other heads of Federal agencies (or their designees as defined in (d)(3) 1
The Council shall establish a Rural Smart Communities Working Group.
For the purposes of this subparagraph, the term “smart community” means a community that has the ability to integrate multiple technological solutions, in a secure fashion, to manage a community’s assets, including local government information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, law enforcement, and other community services with the goal of promoting quality of life through the use of technology in ways that improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs.
The Council shall establish a Jobs Accelerator Working Group.