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  1. Executive Director.--Subject to subsection (h), there shall be an Executive Director appointed by the Commission and chosen from among detailees from the agencies and organizations represented on the Commission or represented on the Advisory Board under section 12(b)(1) (A) through (E). The Executive Director may be paid at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate of basic pay payable for the Senior Executive Service.
  2. Staff.--Subject to subsection (h), the Commission may appoint and fix the pay of any additional personnel that it considers appropriate, except that an individual appointed under this subsection may not receive pay in excess of the maximum rate of basic pay payable for GS-14 of the General Schedule.
  3. Inapplicability of Certain Civil Service Laws.--The Executive Director and staff of the Commission may be appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and may be paid 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, except as provided under subsections (a) and (b) of this section.
  4. Merit System Principles.--The appointment of the Executive Director or any personnel of the Commission under subsection (a) or (b) shall be made consistent with the merit system principles under section 2301 of title 5, United States Code.
  5. Staff of Federal Agencies.--Upon request by the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of any Federal department or agency may detail, on either a nonreimbursable or reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of the department or agency to the Commission to assist the Commission to carry out its duties under this Act.
  6. Administrative Support Services.--
    1. Reimbursable services.--The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution may provide to the Commission on a reimbursable basis any administrative support services that are necessary to enable the Commission to carry out this Act.
    2. Nonreimbursable services.--The Secretary may provide administrative support services to the Commission on a nonreimbursable basis when, in the opinion of the Secretary, the value of such services is insignificant or not practical to determine.
  7. Program Support.--The Commission may receive program support from the nonprofit sector.
  8. Limitation.--Each member of the Commission described under section 4(a) (3), (4), and (5) may not make personnel decisions, including hiring, termination, and setting terms and conditions of employment.

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