Federal Advisory Committee Act: Advisory Committee Process Appears to Be Working, but Some Concerns Exist: T-GGD-98-163

Stevens, L. Nye
July 1998
GAO Reports;7/14/1998, p1
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Federal agencies often receive advice from advisory committees, which numbered 963 governmentwide in fiscal year 1997. These committees are to be established and operate in accordance with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Congress is currently exploring possible improvements to FACA. GAO surveyed (1) advisory committee members on the extent to which their committees provide balanced and independent advice and recommendations as required by FACA, (2) federal agencies on the extent to which they found compliance with FACA useful or burdensome, and (3) advisory committee members and federal agencies on the extent to which they believed that the public was afforded access to advisory committee proceedings and a means to express their views to agencies and their advisory committees. This testimony summarizes a July 1998 report (GAO/GGD-98-147) summarizing the responses received by GAO, which provided useful insights into the general operations of FACA.


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