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, three 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 those three Acts in the body of title 5, United States Code.


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.
  • March 27, 2019.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel circulated an updated draft bill (and accompanying explanation) for comment.

RELATED LINKS

(1) INITIAL draft bill (and accompanying explanation) - submitted to House Committee on the Judiciary on September 18, 2017.


(2) UPDATED draft bill (and accompanying explanation) - circulated for comment on March 27, 2019.


(3) CHANGES made in the updated version of the bill (and accompanying explanation).

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Questions and comments about the draft bill 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: [email protected]
     Telephone: (202) 226-2411