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What are the different types of Federal advisory committees?


TYPES OF AUTHORITY: There are four kinds of authority used to establish a committee.
  • Statutory (Congress Created) is nondiscretionary establishment authority specifically mandated in law.
  • Authorized by Law and
  • Agency Authority are both discretionary establishment authorities, either pursuant to law, or by the decision of the agency head, respectively.
  • Presidential means established by Executive order or other direction by the President, and is nondiscretionary. Negotiated rulemaking ("Reg-Neg") committees and labor-management partnership committees (EO 12871) are considered Presidential. The authority is displayed based on decisions made when a committee was established.
TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: There are seven functional types assigned to committees.
  • National Policy Issue Advisory Board, which are assigned to committees devoted to advising agencies on the implementation of National Policy Issues.
  • Non Scientific Program Advisory Board, which are assigned to committees devoted to advising agencies on the implementation of Non Scientific Programs.
  • Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board, which are assigned to committees devoted to advising agencies on the implementation of Scientific Technical Programs.
  • Grant Review Committee, which are assigned to committees concerned with making recommendations for grants and awards.
  • Regulatory Negotiations Committee, which are assigned to committees concerned with making Regulatory Negotiations.
  • Other Committee, which are committees which either cross categories or do not fit the categories listed above, or a
  • Special Emphasis Panel. A Special Emphasis Panel generally has a purpose similar to a Grant Review Committee and is not just an advisory committee dealing with a single topic of great concern. This term has limited usage and most Special Emphasis Panels are located in NIH.

 

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Who do I contact to learn more about a given Federal advisory committee?

The agency Committee Management Officer is the proper place to start when seeking information about a federal advisory committee. Select an agency.

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