RAILROAD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
official designation of the Committee is the Underground
Railroad Advisory Committee.
purpose of the Committee is to advise on matters relating to
the study of the Underground Railroad, its routes and
operations in order to preserve and interpret this aspect of
The Committee will terminate two years after the date
on which funds are made available for the study or upon
completion of the study, whichever is later. The Committee
is subject to rechartering every biennial anniversary of
November 28, 1990, when Public Law 101-628 was enacted. The
Committee shall take no action unless the filing
requirements of section 9 and 14 of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, 5 U.S. C. Appendix (1988), have been compiled
with. This charter is for the period from the date of filing
to November 28, 1992.
The Committee reports to the Director, National Park
Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.
for the Committee is provided by the National Park Service,
Department of the Interior.
duties of the Committee are solely advisory and are as
stated in paragraph 2 above. State and local officials,
scholarly and other interested organizations and individuals
are to be involved with this study. The study shall be
completed no later than 2 years after the date on which
funds are made available and is to be submitted to the
Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of
Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources of the Senate.
estimated annual operating cost of the committee is $40,000
which includes the cost of .5 person-years of staff support.
Secretary or the Secretary’s designee, shall from time to
time, but at least on three occasions, meet and consult with
the Advisory committee on matters relating to the study.
meetings of the Committee shall be subject to the provisions
of the Federal Advisory committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix
Committee shall be composed of nine members, appointed by
the Secretary of the Interior, of whom—
three shall have expertise in African-American
two shall have expertise in historic preservation;
one shall have expertise in American History;
three shall be from the general public.
The Advisory Committee shall designate one of
its members as chairperson.
All members appointed by the Secretary of the
Interior under paragraph 9 shall represent interests other
than those of the Federal government.
Five members of the Committee shall constitute a
Members of the Committee shall serve without
compensation as such, but may be reimbursed for expenses
reasonably incurred in carrying out their responsibilities
under the Act on vouchers signed by the Chairperson and
approved by the Director.
Director, National Park Service, or in the Director’s
absence, a Federal employee designated by the Director, will
serve as the Designated Federal Officer as required by
Section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
The Underground Railroad Study Committee is
established by P.L. 101-628, 1990.
Manuel Lujan, Jr.
Charter Signed: September 6, 1991
Charter Filed: SEP. 11, 1991