The Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC) (formerly the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee) was established on October 1, 1998, to provide independent advice to the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) on complex science and technical issues that arise in the planning, managing, and implementation of DOE's nuclear energy program.
NEAC meets biannually to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy on a number of issues, including:
- National policy and scientific aspects of nuclear issues of concern to DOE,
- Periodic reviews of the various program elements within DOE’s nuclear programs and recommendations based thereon,
- The needs, views, and priorities of stakeholders of DOE’s nuclear programs, and long-range plans, priorities, and strategies to address more effectively the technical, financial, and policy aspects of such programs, and
- Appropriate levels of resources to develop those plans, priorities, and strategies.
DOE recognizes NEAC’s critical role in providing independent advice in helping plan, manage, and implement its nuclear energy program. NEAC is a proactive and agile group of energy experts who can advise on current priorities rather than reviewing projects and initiatives that have already been completed.
The committee includes representatives from universities, industry, foreign nationals, and national laboratories. Particular attention was paid to obtaining a diverse membership with a balance of disciplines, interests, experiences, points of view, and geography. NEAC operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Public Law 92-463), 92nd Congress, H.R. 4383' October 6, 1972) and all applicable FACA Amendments, Federal Regulations and Executive Orders.
In 2022, DOE appointed 11 nuclear science, business, academic, and industry leaders to NEAC.