Authorization

Unanimously

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board Resolutions dated May 17, 1984, June 28, 1985, July 18, 1989, May 15, 1991, and January 28, 1992, all dealing with authorization of specific officers to issue checks, drafts, or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, and to establish certain bank accounts for the Corporation, are superseded by this action.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:

The President and the Treasurer are individually authorized to execute agreements in the appropriate standard form or forms required to establish and maintain general or special accounts of deposit with the following banks, trust companies, or depositories:

1. The Bank of America National Trust Savings Association;

2. The Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C.;

3. The Bank of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont; and

4. The Chittenden Bank in Rutland, Vermont.

The President and the Treasurer are individually authorized to deposit, on behalf of the Corporation, and in its name, funds of the Corporation, not otherwise employed, in general or special accounts established pursuant to this Resolution; and

For the purpose of deposits and for the purpose of collection for the account of the Corporation, checks, drafts, and other orders for payment of money, which are payable to the order of the Corporation, may be endorsed, assigned, and delivered by any officer of the Corporation and may be endorsed by the bank, trust company, or depository to whom delivered; and

The President, the Treasurer, and in their absence or as specifically authorized by the President, the Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Secretary; the Executive Vice President; and the Vice President, Government Relations are individually authorized to issue checks, drafts, or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, and in its name, for the payment of money from such accounts as may be established pursuant to this Resolution.

The Treasurer is authorized to affix his or her signature to such checks, drafts, or other drafts, not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) by a device bearing an authorized facsimile of such signature.

Resolution Date: 
Friday, April 2, 1993
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

that the Resolutions dated May 17, 1984 and June 28, 1985, as previously amended by Resolutions dated July 18, 1989 and May 15, 1991, dealing with authorization of specific officers to issue checks, drafts or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, and the establishment of certain bank accounts for the Corporation, is hereby further amended so that the amended paragraph five shall now read as follows:

"The President, Senior Vice President, Station Relations and Treasurer, and in their absence or as specifically authorized by the President, the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and the Vice President, Government Relations, are individually authorized to issue checks, drafts or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, and in its name, for the payment of money from such accounts as may be established pursuant to this Resolution in the following banks, trust companies or depositories:

1. The Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association;

2. The Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C.;

3. The Bank of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont;

4. The Chittenden Bank in Rutland, Vermont; and

the Senior Vice President, Station Relations and Treasurer is authorized to affix his signature to such checks, drafts, or other orders, not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), by a device bearing an authorized facsimile of such signature."

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 1992
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

At its January 1991 meeting, the Board authorized Management to request that Congress reauthorize the Corporation to receive appropriations for fiscal years 1994-1996 at levels of $355 million, $401 million, and $444 million respectively, and based on that action, authorized Management to request appropriations for FY 1994 at the $355 million amount; and

WHEREAS,

both the House of Representatives and the Senate are currently considering legislation that would establish the authorized limits of appropriations for CPB at $310 million for FY 1994, $375 million for FY 1995, and $425 million for FY 1996; and

WHEREAS,

CPB is required to submit its request for appropriations for FY 1995, along with a justification for the request, by early February 1992.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

That the Board hereby authorizes Management to request appropriations of $375 million for FY 1995 and to request the authorized limit for FY 1996 at such time as is appropriate.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, January 27, 1992
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

that the Resolution of July 18, 1989 amending previous Resolutions dated May 17, 1984 and June 28, 1985, dealing with authorization of specific officers to issue checks, drafts or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, is hereby further amended so that the amended paragraph five shall now read as follows:

"The President, Senior Vice President, Station Relations and Treasurer, and in their absence or as specifically authorized by the President, the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and the Vice President, Government Relations, are individually authorized to issue checks, drafts or other orders on behalf of the Corporation, and in its name, for the payment of money from such accounts as may be established pursuant to this Resolution in the following banks, trust companies or depositories:

1. The Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association;

2. The Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C.;

and the Senior Vice President, Station Relations and Treasurer is authorized to affix his signature to such checks, drafts, or other orders, not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), by a device bearing an authorized facsimile of such signature."

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 1991
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

Congress, in the Public Telecommunications Act of 1988, directed the Corporation to "conduct a study and prepare a plan, in consultation with public television licensees (or designated representatives of those licensees) and the Public Broadcasting Service, on how funds available to the Corporation [for the financing of national public television program production and acquisition] can best be allocated to meet the objectives of [the Public Broadcasting] Act with regard to national public television programming"; and pursuant to such Congressional directives, the Corporation conducted appropriate and extensive studies and consultations which resulted in the development and January 1990 submission to Congress of a national program financing plan; and

WHEREAS,

Congress, in the Public Telecommunications Act of 1988, directed the Corporation to implement the new financing plan in Fiscal Year 1991 unless directed otherwise by an Act of Congress, and no such contrary direction has been received; and

WHEREAS,

the CPB Report to Congress describing the new financing plan provides for the implementation of the plan by means of a contract offer from CPB which, if accepted by PBS, would result in an enforceable agreement which binds the two parties as partners in national television program financing; and

WHEREAS,

the CPB Board instructed Management by a resolution dated November 13, 1989 to negotiate and execute a contract with PBS to implement the above-described Board-approved plan, subject to final review and approval of the contract by the Board; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has developed, negotiated and presented to the Board a proposed contract between CPB and PBS which is designed to implement the above-referenced plan, which incorporates the conditions prerequisite to the implementation of the plan as described in the CPB Report to Congress, specifically including the requirement that the public television stations join CPB in placing sufficient national programming funds under the control of PBS, and which ensures that the Corporation retains the necessary accountability and ability to exercise its prudent business judgment with respect to its appropriated funds.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

That the Board approves the contract with PBS, as transmitted to the Board in a package of materials containing the entire proposed contract and accompanied by a cover memorandum dated February 8, 1991, and authorizes Management to take all necessary steps (including contract execution) to implement this contract.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,

That the Board acknowledges that the contract contains a dispute resolution provision that empowers the Chairman of the CPB Board to meet with the Chairman of the PBS Board to attempt to resolve disputes arising out of the contract, and hereby authorizes the CPB Board Chairman to perform that function so long as any resolution agreed to by the CPB Chairman is submitted to the full Board for approval before it becomes effective.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 1991
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Board of Directors of CPB recognizes that the Communications Act provides that it is in the public interest to encourage the growth and development of public radio and television broadcasting, including the use of such media for instructional, educational, and cultural purposes; and

WHEREAS,

The Board of Directors of CPB recognizes that the Communications Act also provides that it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities; and

WHEREAS,

The Board finds that it is in the public interest to recognize the significant contribution that noncommercial television broadcast licensees can and do make to the provision of programming which serves the educational and informational needs of children, as envisioned by the Children's Television Act of 1990; and

WHEREAS,

The Board finds that it is also in the public interest to recognize the potential impact that the Children's Television Act of 1990 and the regulations promulgated thereunder may have on noncommercial television broadcast licensees; and

WHEREAS,

The Board recognizes that it is an integral part of the Corporation's role, as described in the January 31, 1989 role statement, to advocate the public interest in national regulatory matters that affect public telecommunications.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Board of Directors authorizes Management to conduct all research and consultations, and participate in all relevant and appropriate regulatory, judicial and legislative proceedings as necessary to develop and advocate a CPB position advocating the provision of programming that serves the special needs of children and opposing the overcommercialization of children's programming, as well as recognizing the impact of such matters on noncommercial television broadcast licensees throughout the nation, in accordance with CPB Management's January 23, 1991 memorandum to the Board on this subject.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 1991
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Board of Directors of CPB recognizes that the Communications Act provides that it is in the public interest to establish and support a national policy that will most effectively make public telecommunications services available to all citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS,

One of the principal goals of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is to assist in the establishment and development of one or more systems of public telecommunications entities throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS,

The Board recognizes that it is an integral part of the Corporation's role, as described in the January 31, 1989 role statement, to advocate the public interest in national regulatory matters that affect public telecommunications; and

WHEREAS,

The Board finds that it is in the public interest to recognize the potential impact that the rapid emergence of digital audio broadcasting services will have on the existing public telecommunications services, and to ensure that the standards and policies developed for digital audio broadcasting services will preserve the integrity of the existing public telecommunications services; and

WHEREAS,

The Board finds that it is also in the public interest to recognize the significant contribution that the existing public telecommunications services can make to the development of digital audio broadcasting services.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Board of Directors authorizes Management to conduct all research and consultations, and participate in all relevant and appropriate regulatory, judicial and legislative proceedings as necessary to develop and advocate a CPB position concerning the development of digital audio broadcasting and its impact on public telecommunications services throughout the nation, in accordance with Management's November 6, 1990 and January 3, 1991 memoranda to the Board.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 1991
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Public Telecommunications Act of 1988 ("Act") contained a provision (47 U.S.C. 396(k)(10)) that established a Public Broadcasting Satellite Interconnection Fund in the Treasury into which would be appropriated such amounts as determined by Congress to be used exclusively for the capital costs of the replacement, refurbishment, or upgrading of the public television and public radio national satellite interconnection systems and associated maintenance of such systems; and

WHEREAS,

The Act directs CPB to distribute all funds in the Satellite Interconnection Fund and any interest thereon to the licensees and permittees of noncommercial educational television broadcast stations providing public telecommunications services and to those public telecommunications entities participating in the public radio satellite interconnection system, or to the national entities designated by those stations and entities for satellite interconnection purposes; and

WHEREAS,

CPB has been specifically made fully accountable for the expenditure of all public funds appropriated to it, including those in the Satellite Interconnection Fund, to assure that they are spent properly for the purposes intended and in furtherance of the goals established by Congress for public broadcasting; and

WHEREAS,

The current delegation of authority to the CPB President to obligate the funds of the Corporation, as revised through May 17, 1988, does not include the authority for the President to transfer funds from the Satellite Interconnection Fund when they become available to CPB.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Board hereby specifically authorizes the CPB President and CEO to enter into binding bi-lateral contracts with public television broadcast stations providing public telecommunications services and public telecommunications entities participating in the public radio satellite inter-connection system, or their designated national representatives for satellite replacement purposes to transfer such amounts that may be appropriated into the Satellite Interconnection Fund and any interest earned thereon, to such stations, entities or their representatives, according to prudent payment schedules reflecting the reasonable cash flow needs of the replacement activity and at such times and in such a manner as will enable CPB to effectively account for the proper and prudent expenditure of the funds and will permit CPB to assure that the goals of public broadcasting set by Congress with respect to satellite interconnection are met.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 1990
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Board recognizes that the Congressional budget process for establishing appropriations for the federal fiscal year 1992 is about to begin, and that this budget will contain CPB's appropriation for fiscal year 1994; and

WHEREAS,

The first step in this process is for the President of the United States to submit his budget request for fiscal year 1992 to Congress which requires all organizations to be included in the President's budget to have submitted their requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by September 1, 1990. Although CPB is not required to be involved in the creation of the President's budget request because CPB is not part of the Executive Branch, it has been CPB's practice to submit a budget request to OMB in order to facilitate consideration of the CPB budget request made directly to Congress; and

WHEREAS,

CPB typically relies on the authorized levels contained in the Public Broadcasting Act, as amended, in the development of its budget request to OMB and to Congress, but the Board recognizes that an authorized limit has not yet been established by Congress for CPB's 1994 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has consulted with members of the public broadcasting industry, their national representatives and other interested parties, concerning CPB's budget request for fiscal year 1994, and will continue to do so as more information is developed about public broadcasting's needs for fiscal year 1994.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Board authorizes Management to develop a budget request for fiscal year 1994 to be communicated to OMB by September 1, 1990 which: (1) represents a reasonable increase for cost of living over the amount authorized for fiscal year 1993 ($285,000,000); (2) includes any amounts not appropriated for the replacement of the public broadcasting satellite interconnection system from the total authorized amount ($200,000,000); (3) contains a reasonable, prudent and realistically achievable amount to be earmarked specifically for a major initiative in providing educational services to the American public through public telecommunications; and (4) contains a reasonable, prudent and realistically achievable amount for the enhanced service initiatives that public broadcasting is prepared to initiate during fiscal year 1994.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:

If Management deems it necessary to further consult with the Board, the Board is prepared to meet in special telephonic session during the month of August 1990, but in any event Management shall report to the Board on its actions in this matter at the September 1990 Board meeting.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, July 9, 1990
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The CPB Board recognizes that it is an integral part of the Corporation's role, as described in the January 31, 1989 role statement, to advocate the public interest in national regulatory matters that affect public telecommunications;

WHEREAS,

The Board has been informed of a refinement in the public positions being taken by public television stations and their representatives on the issue of cable systems' carriage of local public broadcast stations ("must-carry");

WHEREAS,

The Board has been informed of two Notices of Inquiry issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") on matters dealing with the telecommunications infrastructure of the United States and with the "globalization" of mass media and its impact on national telecommunications policy;

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has recommended that it is in the interests of CPB and public telecommunications in the United States for CPB to reconsider its previous position on cable must-carry and to actively participate in inquiries conducted by NTIA that may affect national telecommunications policy.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board of Directors authorizes Management to:

a) modify CPB's position on cable must-carry to be consistent with the position recommended in the attached memorandum dated March 12, 1990 and to conduct all research and consultations and to participate in all regulatory and court proceedings necessary to advocate that position;

b) conduct all research and consultations, and participate in all regulatory and court proceedings on any matters that may arise in or from the NTIA Notices of Inquiry concerning United States telecommunications infrastructure and "globalization" of mass media, in accordance with the March 12, 1990 memorandum.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 1990