Proposals for a COVID-19 Congressional Advisory Commission: A Comparative Analysis [April 28, 2020] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "This report provides a comparative analysis of five congressional advisory commissions proposed to date that would investigate various aspects of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak, governmental responses, governmental pandemic preparedness, and the virus's impact on the American economy and society. The overall structures of each of the proposed commissions are similar in many respects, both to each other and to previous independent advisory commissions established by Congress. Specifically, the proposed commissions would (1) exist temporarily; (2) serve in an advisory capacity; and (3) report a work product detailing the commission's findings, conclusions, and recommendations. That said, each proposed commission has unique elements, particularly concerning its membership structure, appointment structure, and time line for reporting to Congress. Specifically, this report compares and discusses the (1) membership structure, (2) appointment structure, (3) rules of procedure and operation, (4) duties and reporting requirements, (5) commission powers, (6) staffing, and (7) funding of the five proposed commission structures."
CRS Report for Congress, R46330
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/