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1. Purpose. This Transmittal Memorandum supersedes Section 10, Circular No. A-63, Revised, dated March 27, 1974, and Transmittal Memorandum NO. 2, dated July 19, 1974. Instructions for the completion of the annual comprehensive review of advisory committees, and the reporting format, provided, .2. Background. Section 7(b) of P.L. 92-463 requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct annually a comprehensive review of each advisory committee to determine:

whether such committee de carrying out its purpose;

b.

whether, consistent with the

provisions of applicable statutes, the responsibilities assigned to it should be revised:

other advisory

c. whether it should be merged with committees; or

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The Director may request such information

he deems necossary to carry out this function, and agency heads shall cooperate with the Director in making the reviews : Information for the annual comprehensive reviews of committees differs from that submitted to the

General Services Administration on

calendar year

basis. The latter 18 primarily quantitative and used for 'the preparation of the Annual Report of the President on Federal Advisory

Committees required by Section 6(c) of P.L. 92-463.

(No. 4-63)

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3. Comprehensive Review. The annual comprehensive review is intended

to be a qualitative analysis of each advisory Committee. The head of each

agency, or senior policy official designated by the agency head, should carefully review each committee in terms of factors such as, but not limited to, those enumerated in the attached report form (Exhibit I).

Based on this review, a determination should be recommended i to

continue, merge, terminate, or revise responsibilities of, as appropriate, each advisory Committee established by the agency Similar actions should be recommended for each advisory Committee for which the agency has responsibility which was established by statute or Presidential directive.

4. Reports. Following the agency's review, the following information is to be submitted to the Committee Management Secretariat, OMB, not later than April 1 of each year:

a. An annual comprehensive review, in triplicate, of each committee in existence at the end of the preceding calendar year. A format for this review, with instructions, is attached as Exhibit I. Exhibit I

may be used coversheet for the review of each committee if agencies with to reproduce copies,

b. A brief description of the

agency's annual comprehensive review procedures and process.

c. A letter of transmittal for the review(s), constituting a determination that the continuation of the committees proposed to be continued

is

in the public interest, signed by the agency head or the designee.

5. Effective date. This Transmittal Memorandum is effective Immed Iately. 6.. Inquiries. Inquiries or requests for assistance should bę, directed to the Committee Management Secretariat, OMB, telephone 395-5193 (code 103).

Jan Lily

JAMES T. LYNN

DIRECTOR

Attachment

(NO, A-63)

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TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
SUBJECT: Advisory Committee Management -- Uniform Pay

Guidelines

1. Purpose. This Transmittal Memorandum clarifies Section 11, Circular No. A-63, Revised, dated March 27, 1974, relating to pay and other compensation of members, staff, and consultants of advisory Committees.

2. Background. Section 7 of Public Law 92-463 provides that "the Director, after study and consultation with the Civil Service Commission, shall establish guidelines with respect to uniform fair rates of pay for comparable services of members, staffs, and consultants of advisory Committees in a manner which gives appropriate recognition to the responsibilities and qualifications required and other relevant factors." Pursuant to the foregoing authority, the Director included uniform pay guidelines as Section 11 of circular A-63, March 27, 1974. The revisions set forth below are designed to clarify Section 11.

3. Revisions.

(a) Renumber the present subparagraphs a., b., c., d., and e., of Section 11 as subparagraphs b., c., d., e., and f., respectively.

(b) Insert the following as subparagraph "a.":
"a. General

(1) Authority. The guidelines in this paragraph are established under the authority of Section 7(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 86 Stat. 773.

(2) Applicability. The guidelines in this paragraph shall apply to the pay of members, staff, and consultants of an advisory Committee, except that

nothing in this paragraph shall atfect a rate of pay or
a limitation on a rate

of
pay

that is specifically established by statute or rate of pay established under the General Schedule classification and pay system in Chapter 51 and subchapter III of Chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code.

(c) Add the following new subpargraph "g.":

"g. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent

(1) an individual who (without service with an advisory committee) employee of the United States, or

regard to his is a full-time

an

(2)

individual who immediately before his service with an advisory Committee was such an employee, from receiving compensation at the rate at whch he otherwise would be compensated (or was compensated) as a

full-time employee of the United States," 4. Explanation. New subparagraph "a (1)" is added to state the authority for establishment of the uniform рау guidelines. New subparagraph "a (2)" is added to

clarify the appdicability of the guidelines by making it clear that the guidelines do not affect the rate of pay or a limitation a rate of pay that is specifically established by statute or rate of

pay established under the General Schedule classification and pay system.

on

a

New subparagraph "g" is added to clarify the status and

pay of full-time Federal employees serving on advisory committees.

This

Transmittal

Memorandum

is

5. Effective Date. effective immediately.

6. Inquiries. Inquiries or requests for assistance should be directed to the Committee Management Secretariat, Office of Management and Budget, telephone 395-5193 (code 103).

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TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
SUBJECT: Review of Federal Advisory Committees

The President in his letter of February 25, 1977, expressed his concern about the number and usefulness of Federal advisory Committees, and ordered a government-wide, zerobase review of all committees, with the presumption that all committees should be abolished except those (1) for which there is a compelling need; (2) which have truly balanced membership; and (3) which conduct their business as openly as possible consistent with the law and their mandate:

Section 7(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 42-463) requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct annually a comprehensive review of each advisory Committee to determine:

a. whether such committee is carrying out its purpose;

b. whether, consistent with the provisions of applicable statutes, the responsibilities assigned to it should be revised;

c. whether it should be merged with other advisory committees; or

d. whether it should be abolished.

To meet the President's objectives, and the requirements of the Act, the following instructions, and reporting format, are provided for the review of Federal advisory Committees, and supersede Transmittal Memorandum No. 3, Circular No. A63, September 3, 1975.

1. Agency comprehensive review. This review is to be a comprehensive; zero-base review of each advisory Committee --, regardless of the authority under which the committee was established, or when it was established or last renewed: The head of each agency, or a senior policy official designated by the agency head, should review the need for,

(No. A-63)

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