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with demonstrated professional or personal qualifications and experience relevant to the functions and tasks to be performed.
(3) Subcommittees that do not function independently of the full or parent advisory committee need not follow the requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section. However, they are subject to all other requirements of the Act.
(4) The requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section shall apply for any subcommittee of a chartered advisory committee, whether its members are drawn in whole or in part from the full or parent advisory committee, which functions independently of the parent advisory committee such as by making recommendations directly to the agency rather than for consideration by the chartered advisory committee.
(c) The Secretariat will review the proposal and notify the agency of GSA's views within 15 calendar days of receipt, if possible. The agency head retains final authority for establishing a particular advisory committee.
(d) The agency shall notify the Secretariat in writing that either:
(1) The advisory committee is being established. The filing of the advisory committee charter as specified in §1016.1013 shall be considered appropriate written notification in this instance. The date of filing constitutes the date of establishment or renewal. The agency head shall then comply with the provisions of §101-6.1009 for an established advisory committee; or
(2) The advisory committee is not being established. In this instance, the agency shall also advise the Secretariat if the agency head intends to take any further action with respect to the proposed advisory committee.
[52 FR 45929, Dec. 2, 1987, as amended at 54 FR 41215, Oct. 5, 1989]
§ 101-6.1008 The role of GSA.
(a) The functions under section 7 of the Act will be performed for the Administrator by the Secretariat. The Secretariat assists the Administrator in prescribing administrative guidelines and management controls for advisory committees, and assists other agencies in implementing and inter
preting these guidelines. In exercising internal controls over the management and supervision of the operations and procedures vested in each agency by section 8(b) of the Act and by §1016.1009 and §101-6.1017 of this rule, agencies shall conform to the guidelines prescribed by GSA.
(b) The Secretariat may request comments from agencies on management guidelines and policy issues of broad interagency interest or application to the Federal advisory committee program.
(c) In advance of issuing informal guidelines, nonstatutory reporting requirements, and administrative procedures such as report formats or automation, the Secretariat shall request formal or informal comments from agency Committee Management Offi
(d) The Secretariat shall assure that follow-up reports required by section 6(b) of the Act are prepared and transmitted to the Congress as directed by the President; either by his delegate, by the agency responsible for providing support to a Presidential advisory committee, or by the responsible agency or organization designated pursuant to paragraph (c) of § 101–6.1011. In performing this function, GSA may solicit the assistance of the Office of Management and Budget and other appropriate organizations, as deemed appropriate.
advisory committee, except a committee specifically directed by law or established by the President by Executive Order, is established, used, reestablished, or renewed. Upon receiving notification of the completed review from the Secretariat in accordance with paragraph (c) of §101-6.1007, the agency shall publish a notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER that the committee is being established, used, reestablished, or renewed. For a new committee, such notice shall also describe the nature and purpose of the committee and the agency's plan to attain fairly balanced membership, and shall include a statement that the committee is necessary and in the public interest.
(2) Establishment and reestablishment notices shall appear at least 15 calendar days before the committee charter is filed, except that the Secretariat may approve less than 15 days when requested by the agency for good cause. The 15-day advance notice requirement does not apply to committee renewals, notices of which may be published concurrently with the filing of the charter.
(b) Committee meetings. (1) The agency or an independent Presidential advisory committee shall publish at least 15 calendar days prior to an advisory committee meeting a notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER, which includes:
(i) The exact name of the advisory committee as chartered;
(ii) The time, date, place, and purpose of the meeting;
(iii) A summary of the agenda; and
(iv) A statement whether all or part of the meeting is open to the public or closed, and if closed, the reasons why, citing the specific exemptions of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)) as the basis for closure.
(2) In exceptional circumstances, the agency or an independent Presidential advisory committee may give less than 15 days notice, provided that the reasons for doing so are included in the committee meeting notice published in the FEDERAL REGISTER.
[52 FR 45929, Dec. 2, 1987, as amended at 54 FR 41216, Oct. 5, 1989]
§ 101-6.1017 Responsibilities of the agency Committee Management Officer.
In addition to implementing the provisions of section 8(b) of the Act, the Committee Management Officer will carry out all responsibilities delegated by the agency head. The Committee Management Officer should also ensure that section 10(b), 12(a) and 13 of the Act are implemented by the agency to provide for appropriate recordkeeping. Records include, but are not limited to:
(a) A set of approved charters and membership lists for each advisory committee;
(b) Copies of the agency's portion of the Annual Report of Federal Advisory Committees required by paragraph (b) of § 101-6.1035;
(c) Agency guidelines on committee management operations and procedures as maintained and updated; and
(d) Agency determinations to close advisory committee meetings as required by paragraph (c) of § 101–6.1023.
§ 101-6.1018 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1019 Duties of the Designated Federal Officer.
The agency head or, in the case of an independent Presidential advisory committee, the Administrator shall designate a Federal officer or employee, who may be either full-time or permanent part-time, to be the Designated Federal Officer for each advisory committee and its subcommittees, who:
(a) Must approve or call the meeting of the advisory committee;
(b) Must approve the agenda;
(d) Shall adjourn the meetings when such adjournment is in the public interest; and
(e) Chairs the meeting when so directed by the agency head.
(f) The requirement in paragraph (b) of this section does not apply to a Presidential advisory committee.
§ 101-6.1020 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1021 Public participation in advisory committee meetings.
The agency head, or the chairperson of an independent Presidential advisory committee, shall ensure that—
(a) Each advisory committee meeting is held at a reasonable time and in a place reasonably accessible to the public;
(b) The meeting room size is sufficient to accommodate advisory committee members, committee or agency staff, and interested members of the public;
(c) Any member of the public is permitted to file a written statement with the advisory committee; and
(d) Any member of the public may speak at the advisory committee meeting if the agency's guidelines so permit.
§ 101-6.1022 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1023 Procedures for closing an advisory committee meeting.
(a) To close all or part of a meeting, an advisory committee shall submit a request to the agency head or, in the case of an independent Presidential advisory committee, the Administrator, citing the specific provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)) which justify the closure. The request shall provide the agency head or the Administrator sufficient time to review the matter in order to make a determination prior to publication of the meeting notice required by § 101-6.1015(b).
(b) The general counsel of the agency or, in the case of an independent Presidential advisory committee, the general counsel of the General Services Administration should review all requests to close meetings.
(c) If the agency head or, in the case of an independent Presidential advisory committee, the Administrator agrees that the request is consistent with the provisions in the Government in the Sunshine Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, he or she shall issue a determination that all or part of the meeting be closed.
(d) The agency head, or the chairperson of an independent Presidential advisory committee, shall:
(1) Make a copy of the determination available to the public upon request; and
(2) State the reasons why all or part of the meeting is closed, citing the specific exemptions used from the Government in the Sunshine Act in the meeting notice published in the FEDERAL REGISTER.
§ 101-6.1024 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1025 Requirement for maintaining minutes of advisory committee meetings.
(a) The agency head or, in the case of an independent Presidential advisory committee, the chairperson shall ensure that detailed minutes of each advisory committee meeting are kept. The minutes must include:
(1) Time, date, and place;
(2) A list of the following persons who were present:
(1) Advisory committee members and staff;
(ii) Agency employees; and
(iii) Members of the public who presented oral or written statements;
(3) An estimated number of other members of the public present;
(4) An accurate description of each matter discussed and the resolution, if any, made by the committee of such matter; and
(5) Copies of each report or other document received, issued, or approved by the committee.
(b) The chairperson of each advisory committee shall certify to the accuracy of all minutes of advisory committee meetings.
§ 101-6.1026 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1027 Termination of advisory committees.
(a) Any advisory committee shall automatically terminate not later than 2 years after it is established, reestablished, or renewed, unless:
(1) Its duration is otherwise provided for by law;
(2) The President or agency head renews it prior to the end of such period;
(3) The President or agency head terminates it before that time by revoking or abolishing its establishment authority.
(b) If an agency head terminates an advisory committee, the agency shall notify the Secretariat of the effective date of termination.
§ 101-6.1028 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1029 Renewal and rechartering of advisory committees.
(a) Advisory committees specifically directed by law:
(1) Whose duration extends beyond 2 years shall require rechartering by the filing of a new charter every 2 years after the date of enactment of the law establishing the committee. If a new charter is not filed, the committee is not terminated, but may not meet or take any action.
(2) Which would terminate under the provisions of section 14 of the Act, and for which renewal would require reauthorization by law, may be reestablished by an agency provided that the agency complies under general agency authority with the provisions of §1016.1007.
(b) Advisory committees established by the President may be renewed by appropriate action of the President and the filing of a new charter.
(c) Advisory committees authorized by law or established or used by an agency may be renewed, provided that at least 30 but not more than 60 days before the committee terminates, an agency head who intends to renew a committee complies with the provisions of § 101-6.1007.
§ 101-6.1020 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1031 Amendments to advisory committee charters.
(a) Committees specifically directed by law or authorized by law; or established by the President. The agency head shall be responsible for ensuring that any minor technical changes made to current charters are consistent with the relevant statute or Executive Order. When the Congress by law, or the President by Executive Order, changes the authorizing language which has been the basis for establishing an advisory committee, the agency head, or
the chairperson of an independent Presidential advisory committee, shall:
(1) Amend those sections of the current charter affected by the new law or Executive Order; and
(2) File the amended charter as specified in § 101-6.1013.
(b) Committees established or used by an agency. The charter of an advisory committee established under general agency authority may be amended when an agency head determines that the existing charter no longer accurately reflects the objectives or functions of the committee. Changes may be minor, such as revising the name of the advisory committee, or modifying the estimated number or frequency of meetings. Changes may also be major such as those dealing with the objectives or composition of the committee. The agency head retains final authority for amending the charter of an advisory committee. Amending any existing advisory committee charter does not constitute renewal of the committee under § 101-6.1029.
(1) To make a minor amendment to a committee charter, an agency shall:
(i) Amend the charter language as necessary, and
(ii) File the amended charter as specified in § 101-6.1013.
(2) To make a major amendment to a committee charter, an agency shall:
(i) Amend the charter language as necessary;
(ii) Submit the proposed amended charter with a letter to the Secretariat requesting GSA's views on the amended language, along with an explanation of the purpose of the changes and why they are necessary. The Secretariat will review the proposed changes and notify the agency of GSA's views within 15 calendar days of the request, if possible; and
(iii) File the amended charter as specified in § 101-6.1013.
§ 101-6.1032 [Reserved]
§ 101-6.1033 Compensation and ex
pense reimbursement of advisory committee members, staffs and consultants.
(a) Uniform pay guidelines for members of an advisory committee. Nothing in this subpart shall require an agency head to provide compensation, unless