About the Federal Advisory Committee Act at EPA
FAC committees are created to obtain advice on a wide range of environmental issues. Every committee meeting, no matter what the subject matter or where it is held, is dedicated to open government and citizen participation.
The committees are part of the Executive Branch decision-making process. Committee members include scientists, public health officials, businesses, citizens, communities, and representatives of all levels of government. Committee members are dedicated to a greater knowledge about the environment and what can be done to protect it. Over 642 members sit on EPA's federal advisory committees bringing a variety of perspectives and expertise to the environmental consensus-building process.
FAC committees can be created by the president, Congress or federal departments or agencies and must meet these basic requirements:
- Meetings must be open to the public and the public must be permitted to present their views
- All meeting minutes and reports must be available for public access
- The public must be notified of meetings by advertisement in the Federal Register
- Committee membership must be balanced by points of view