Designated Federal Officer
The term Designated Federal Officer is a requirement of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Effective since 1972, FACA establishes numerous committees, boards, commission, councils and other groups to advise officers and agencies in the Executive branch of the Federal government.
A Designated Federal Officer or employee of the Federal government chairs or sits in attendance of each advisory and is so designated and authorized, whenever she/he determines it to be in the public interest, to adjourn any such meeting. The law further requires that no advisory committee shall conduct any meeting in the absence of that officer or employee.
For a copy of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, visit: http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/faca/fed_adv_comm_act.htm