"Federal advisory committees are established to allow experts from outside the federal government to provide advice and recommendations to executive branch agencies or the President. Federal advisory committees can be created either by Congress, the President, or an executive branch agency.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires agencies to report on the structure,
operations, and costs of qualifying federal advisory committees. The General Services
Administration (GSA) is authorized to collect, retain, and verify the reported information, and
does so using an online tool called the FACA Database.
This report provides an overview of the data that populates the FACA Database, which details the
costs and operations of all active federal advisory committees. This report examines the data from
FY2004-FY2014, with additional in-depth analysis of FY2014..."
Federal Advisory Committees