An Act To authorize the establishment of a system governing the creation and operation of advisory committees in the Executive branch of the Federal Government, and for other purposes

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact


  • The Congress finds and declares: (1) the need for many existing advisory committees has not been adequately reviewed; (2) new advisory committees should be established only when they are determined to be essential and their number should be kept to the minimum necessary; (3) advisory committees should be terminated when they are no longer carrying out the purposes for which they were established; (4) standards and uniform procedures should govern the establishment, operation, administration, and duration of advisory committees; (5) the Congress and the public should be kept informed with respect to the number, purpose, membership, activities, and cost of advisory committees; and (6) the function of advisory committees should be advisory only, and that all matters under their consideration should be determined, in accordance with law, by the official, agency, or officer involved.
  • The Act includes; definitions, applicability, responsibilities of congressional committees, responsibilities of the President, responsibilities of the Director, Office of Management and Budget, responsibilities of agency heads, establishment and purpose of advisory committees, advisory committee procedures, availability of transcripts, fiscal and administrative provisions, responsibilities of Library of Congress, and termination of advisory committees.


  • United States Federal Advisory Committee Act
  • Library of Congress
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 86 Stat. 770
  • Title 05, Government Organization and Employees
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Federal Advisory Committee Act".

Contained within

86 Stat. 770 (1972); Pub. L. No. 92-463 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1973
  • 10/06/1972


  • Committees
  • Executive advisory bodies


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 770-76

Full Record

View Full Record