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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
FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT AND TE
PRESIDENT'S AIDS COMMISSION
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1987
U.S. SENATE, COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS,
Washington, DC The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:30 a.m., in ro SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. John Glenn (Cha man 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 he ing. We have a vote on the floor and Senator Levin is going vote now and will be here in a few minutes. I will go ahead a start the hearing and he will spell me while I go over and vo
So I am sorry we will have a rather truncated beginning t morning, but that is one of the problems when we have votes a try and conduct hearings at the same time.
This is our first hearing on the Federal Advisory Committee 1 [FACA). FACA represents one of the four pillars of open-gove ment laws. It fits right along with the Government in the Sunsh Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Administrative P cedures Act.
By passing FACA in 1972, Congress recognized the merits of lowing the Government to draw upon the knowledge and expe ence of public experts, and at a reasonable cost. And that is sor thing we have encouraged.
In return, the public is supposed to be afforded an opportunity participate actively in the Government's decisionmaking proces: think most of the time it works out exactly like that, and that good. To achieve these simple objectives, Congress created a cc prehensive legal and administrative system to regulate the est lishment, the operation and termination of these advisory comn tees.
Over the past 15 years it is clear that this system has served 1 Government and the public quite well. And the real costs to 1 taxpayer have been held reasonably stable, as evidence by a f very telling statistics. For instance, the total number of charter advisory committees has remained relatively constant since 19 with approximately 1,000 committees, councils, advisory groups one type or another in existence at any one time.
Weiss, Paul T.-Continued
Responses to written questions submitted by Senator Roth.
other related issues under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Statement of Philip J. Harter with an attachment