Federal Advisory Committee Act Law and Legal Definition
The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 is a U.S federal statute. The Act governs the behavior of federal advisory committees. The Act permits
1. the formation of committees to areas which are essential; and
2. to advise the officers and agencies of the executive branch of the government.
Various advices made by different advisory committees over the years are made accessible to the public by the Act. The Act prescribes how the federal government can seek side advice. At present there are about 10,000 committees.
The advisory committee established under the Act carries out public participation activities like:
1. educating the public;
2. bringing public values into government decisions making;
3. improving the substantial quality of decisions;
4. increasing trust in government institutions; and
5. reducing conflict.