The Federal Advisory Committee Management Program assures the Department of Energy’s overall compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The program is located in the Office of the Executive Secretariat.
Federal Advisory Committee Act
The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-463) establishes the policies and minimum requirements for Federal agencies to manage and administer advisory committees. Advisory committee membership must be fairly balanced in relation to the points-of-view represented and the functions to be performed.
Congress enacted the FACA to formally recognize the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our Nation's citizens. Congress sought to assure that Federal advisory committees would provide advice that is relevant, objective, and open to the public.
Congress, in addition, intended that advisory committees would act promptly to complete their work and comply with reasonable cost controls and recordkeeping requirements.
DOE’s Federal Advisory Committees
The Department of Energy advisory committees are managed in accordance with the FACA. The Department has three types of advisory committees: Presidential, statutory, and discretionary. The Department currently provides management support to more than 22 Federal advisory committees, involving over 900 members.
Most DOE advisory committee members are appointed as special Government employees or representative members, representing a specific group or viewpoint. Individuals are selected because of their expertise in a particular discipline and to represent the users, industries, and organizations in the public and private sectors that could be directly affected by the work of the committee.
As a Departmental policy, advisory committee members serve without compensation; however, members may be reimbursed in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations for authorized travel and per diem expenses that are incurred while attending committee meetings.
For further information
Additional information on the Department’s Federal Advisory Committees can be found on the General Services Administration’s FACA Database at: https://facadatabase.gov/. Click on the “Agency” icon, scroll down to the “Department of Energy,” and select the appropriate committee.
Government in the Sunshine Act
Freedom of Information Act
GSA’s Committee Management Secretariat
Guidance on Appointment of Federal Lobbyists
Office of the Federal Register
DOE’s Office of the Executive Secretariat
For DOE Employees
DOE employees can find further guidance and information on the Department’s Powerpedia page.
For further assistance, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretariat, Federal Advisory Committee Management Program, at (202) 586-0770.
Current DOE Federal Advisory Committees:
Defense Programs Federal Advisory Committee (webpage unavailable)
National Coal Council (NCC)
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Technical Advisory Committee on Verification of Fissile Materials and Nuclear Warheads
Technical Panel on Magnetic Fusion
Hydrogen Technical Panel