President Clinton established the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) by Executive Order 12882 at the same time he established the NSTC. The PCAST serves as the highest level private sector advisory group for the President and the NSTC. The Committee Members are distinguished individuals appointed by the President and are drawn from industry, education, and research institutions, and other nongovernmental organizations. The Assistant to the President for Science and Technology co-chairs the Committee with a private sector member selected by the President.
The formal link between the PCAST and the NSTC ensures that national needs remain an overarching guide for the NSTC. The PCAST provides feedback about Federal programs and actively advises the NSTC about science and technology issues of national importance.
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology Statement of
PCAST Fact Sheet
PCAST Membership List