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Y 4. G74/9:5. hrg. 100-538
S. HRG. 100-538
FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT AND
THE PRESIDENT'S AIDS COMMISSION
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ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS
DECEMBER 3, 1987
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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
JOHN GLENN, Ohio, Chairman LAWTON CHILES, Florida
WILLIAM V. ROTH, JR., Delaware SAM NUNN, Georgia
TED STEVENS, Alaska CARL LEVIN, Michigan
WILLIAM S. COHEN, Maine JIM SASSER, Tennessee
WARREN B. RUDMAN, New Hampshire DAVID PRYOR, Arkansas
JOHN HEINZ, Pennsylvania GEORGE J. MITCHELL, Maine
PAUL S. TRIBLE, JR., Virginia JEFF BINGAMAN, New Mexico
LEONARD WEISS, Staff Director
LORRAINE LEWIS, Counsel
ANNE LESTER, Staff Assistant
MICHAL SUE PROSSER, Chief Clerk
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1988
Schools; and Paul G. Dembling, senior partner, Schnader, Harrison, Segal
& Lewis .....
Weiss, Paul T.-Continued
Responses to written questions submitted by Senator Roth.
other related issues under the Federal Advisory ittee Act........
Statement of Philip J. Harter with an attachment
FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT AND THE
PRESIDENT'S AIDS COMMISSION
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1987
Washington, DC. The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:30 a.m., in room SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. John Glenn (Chairman of the Committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Glenn, Roth, and Levin.
OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN GLENN Chairman GLENN. The hearing will be in order.
First off, I do want to announce we will go ahead with the hearing. We have a vote on the floor and Senator Levin is going to vote now and will be here in a few minutes. I will go ahead and start the hearing and he will spell me while I go over and vote.
So I am sorry we will have a rather truncated beginning this morning, but that is one of the problems when we have votes and try and conduct hearings at the same time.
This is our first hearing on the Federal Advisory Committee Act [FACA). FACA represents one of the four pillars of open-government laws. It fits right along with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act.
By passing FACA in 1972, Congress recognized the merits of allowing the Government to draw upon the knowledge and experience of public experts, and at a reasonable cost. And that is something we have encouraged.
In return, the public is supposed to be afforded an opportunity to participate actively in the Government's decisionmaking process. I think most of the time it works out exactly like that, and that is good. To achieve these simple objectives, Congress created a comprehensive legal and administrative system to regulate the estabsishment, the operation and termination of these advisory committees.
Over the past 15 years it is clear that this system has served the Government and the public quite well. And the real costs to the taxpayer have been held reasonably stable, as evidence by a few very telling statistics. For instance, the total number of chartered advisory committees has remained relatively constant since 1979 with approximately 1,000 committees, councils, advisory groups of one type or another in existence at any one time.