The Federal Advisory Committee Act-Issues and Proposed Reforms

  • Recommendation number: 2011-7
  • Adopted on: December 9, 2011
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2011
  • Committees: Collaborative Governance

Recommendation 2011-7, “The Federal Advisory Committee Act—Issues and Proposed Reforms,” addresses the issue of whether the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“FACA”) is functioning effectively and efficiently almost 40 years after its enactment. The recommendation offers three sets of proposed revisions to the existing FACA regime to make the law more relevant in light of agency experience with FACA and 21st century technologies. Specifically, the recommendation includes proposals designed to clarify the scope of FACA and its implementing regulations, alleviate certain procedural burdens associated with the existing regime and promote “best practices” aimed at enhancing the transparency and objectivity of the advisory committee process.


77 Fed. Reg. 2261 (Jan. 17, 2012).