This excerpt taken from the PCLN DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2008.
The 1999 Omnibus Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee, the composition of which is intended to satisfy the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code and Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which is generally referred to as the Exchange Act. The Compensation Committee has the authority, among other things, to administer, and exercise all the powers and authorities either specifically granted to it under the 1999 Omnibus Plan or necessary or advisable in the administration of the 1999 Omnibus Plan, in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, the authority to grant awards; select grantees; determine the type, terms, conditions, restrictions and number of awards to be granted; make adjustments in the performance goals in recognition of unusual or non-recurring events affecting priceline.com or the financial statements of priceline.com, to the extent not inconsistent with Section 162(m) of the Code, if applicable, or in response to changes in applicable laws, regulations, or accounting principles; construe and interpret the 1999 Omnibus Plan and any award; prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations
relating to the 1999 Omnibus Plan; determine the terms and provisions of agreements evidencing awards; and make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the 1999 Omnibus Plan.
The Compensation Committee may, in its absolute discretion, without amendments to the 1999 Omnibus Plan:
(1) accelerate the date on which any option granted under the Plan becomes exercisable, waive or amend the operation of the Plan provisions respecting exercise after termination of employment or otherwise adjust any of the terms of such option,
(2) accelerate the vesting or waive any condition imposed with respect to any restricted stock, and
(3) otherwise adjust any of the terms applicable to any award.
The Compensation Committee may, to the extent permitted by law, also delegate to one or more of its members or to one or more officers of the Company, or to one or more agents or advisors, such duties or powers as it may deem advisable, and the Compensation Committee, or any person to whom duties or powers have been delegated as aforesaid, may employ one or more persons to render advice with respect to any responsibility the Board, the Committee or such person may have under the Plan. However, in the case of awards that are intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code, officers may not grant awards to any persons subject to Section 162(m) of the Code.
This excerpt taken from the PCLN 8-K filed Feb 23, 2007.
The Committee (or its delegates) shall be responsible for the general administration and interpretation of this Plan and for carrying out its provisions, including the authority to construe and interpret the terms of this Plan, determine the manner and time of payment of any Bonuses, prescribe forms and procedures for purposes of Plan participation and distribution of Bonuses and adopt rules, regulations and to take such action as it deems necessary or desirable for the proper administration of this Plan. The Committee (or its delegates) may employ attorneys, consultants, accountants, agents, and other individuals, any of whom may be an employee, and the Committee, the Corporation, and its officers and directors shall be entitled to rely upon the advice, opinions, or valuations of any such individuals. All actions taken and all interpretations and determinations made by the Committee shall be made in the Committees sole discretion and shall be final and binding upon the participants, the Corporation, and all other interested individuals. To the extent applicable, the Plan shall be administered with respect to individuals subject to the laws of the U.S. so as to avoid the application of penalties pursuant to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.