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CHARTER OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
COMMITTEE'S OFFICIAL DESIGNATION: President's Committee of Advisors
on Science and Technology (PCAST).
AUTHORITY: Executive Order No. 12882, as amended by Executive Orders
12974 and 13062.
OBJECTIVES, SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES, AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES FOR WHICH
THE COMMITTEE IS RESPONSIBLE: The duties of PCAST are solely advisory.
PCAST shall advise the President, through the Assistant to the President
for Science and Technology, on matters involving science and technology.
In the performance of its advisory duties, PCAST shall assist the National
Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in securing private sector involvement
in its activities.
OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS: PCAST shall report to the
President through the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.
DURATION AND TERMINATION DATE: PCAST shall terminate 2 years from
the date of its Executive Order unless extended prior to that date.
AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING NECESSARY SUPPORT: The Office of
Science and Technology Policy shall provide financial and administrative
MEMBERSHIP: The President shall appoint not more than 18 members,
one of whom shall be the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
and 16 of whom shall be distinguished individuals from the nonfederal sector.
PCAST members shall serve without any compensation for their work on PCAST.
However, members may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently
in the government service.
ESTIMATE ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS AND STAFF SUPPORT YEARS: It is estimated
that the total annual costs of operations will not exceed $200,000. Full
time equivalent staff support years are is expected to be approximately
one year of effort.
NUMBER OF MEETINGS: PCAST shall meet as it deems necessary to complete
SUBCOMMITTEES: In consultation with the Assistant to the President
for Science and Technology, PCAST is authorized to convene ad hoc working
groups to assist the NSTC.
CHAIRPERSON: The President shall designate a Chairperson from among
the nonfederal sector PCAST members to co-Chair PCAST with the Assistant
to the President for Science and Technology.