Use, Cost, Purpose, and Makeup of Department of Energy Advisory Committees

EMD-79-17: Published: Feb 2, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1979.

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The Department of Energy's (DOE) advisory committees were reviewed in regard to their purpose, cost, utilization and structure. DOE has made a major effort to reduce and consolidate its advisory committees with about a one-third reduction since October 1977. It has also sought to review and revise the membership on all its committees.

Certain features of DOE's advisory committee management system still need improvement: (1) many of DOE's advisory committee charters are not specific in objectives and scope; (2) DOE does not have overall written membership selection guidelines to assure that all selection criteria are consistently applied and that committees are of optimum size; and (3) all applicable support costs were not being allocated to the committees. Some 12 of the 20 current DOE charters do not contain specific committee objectives and scope, and 18 of these charters do not contain specific timespans for the committee to accomplish its purpose.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: DOE should: (1) insure that each advisory committee charter contain clear and specific statements of purpose and specific timespans for a committee to accomplish its purpose; (2) develop overall written membership selection guidelines to assure that all selection criteria are consistently applied and that committees are of optimum size; and (3) develop guidelines for allocating costs to advisory committees and monitor committee activities to insure that all applicable costs are properly allocated. The General Services Administration should require that every executive agency advisory committee charter be clear and specific in stating its purpose and include a specific timespan for accomplishment of its purpose.

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