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DOE - 1228 - President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology - Presidential
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NamePresident's Council of Advisors on Science and TechnologyAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1228
Original Establishment Date6/28/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nitrd.gov/pcast/index.aspx
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date11/15/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Point-of-Contact
Date Of Renewal Charter11/15/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Edward
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityE.O. 13539Designated Federal Officer Last Name*McGinnis
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*E.O. 13539 as amendedDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 456-6076
Effective Date Of Authority*4/21/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*TBD
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*edward.g.mcginnis@ostp.eop.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*Yes
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*PCAST reports directly to the President. The previous Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. John P. Holdren, also served as PCAST's Co-Chair. PCAST's purpose is twofold: (1) to provide a forum for the private sector (business, academic and non-profit) to discuss with the President and his advisors issues of national or international importance in the broad area of science and technology policy; and (2) to work with the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to ensure effective communication with the private sector. PCAST prepares written reports where appropriate, including in response to requests from the President to examine particular topics of interest.
How is membership balanced?*PCAST members were not appointed in FY19, but will be appointed in early FY20. Members will will be drawn from a list of eminent scientists, engineers, business and non-profit leaders, and educators with expertise on S&T issues. Within that list, members were chosen to provide balance in organizational affiliation (large and small firms, relevant industries, research universities) disciplinary expertise, and geographic residence.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*PCAST did not have any activities in FY19.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*PCAST will be comprised of eminent individuals who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, judgment and accomplishments. PCAST will provide the venue for convening these very distinguished individuals to advise the President and Vice President on the major S&T policy issues facing the country. While other expert bodies exist at an agency level, only this Committee is appointed directly by the President to serve as his private sector advisors on the full range of S&T issues. The President has also designated PCAST to serve as the presidential-level advisory panels for nanotechnology, and information technology and high end computing, which are advisory panels mandated by statutes.
Why close or partially close meetings?PCAST meetings are partially closed to accomodate meetings with the President. Discussions during meetings with the President can include privileged information, and can involve matters that are to be kept secret in the interests of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1).
Recommendation RemarksIn addition to responding to requests for information, analysis, evaluation, or advice from the President or the Science Advisor, PCAST also serves as the advisory committee identified in subsections 101(b) and 103(b) of the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 (Public Law 102–194), as amended (15 U.S.C. 5511(b) and 5513(b)). In performing the functions of such advisory committee, the PCAST shall be known as the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). PCAST also serves as the advisory panel identified in section 4 of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 U.S.C. 7503) (21st Century Act), and in performing the functions of this advisory committee,the PCAST shall be known as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel. In response to requests from the National Science and Technology Council made through the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, the PCAST shall provide advice from the nonfederal sector to the National Science and Technology Council through the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.
The responsibility for supporting this committee was transferred from the Office of Science and Technology Policy to the Department of Energy during FY 2012-KF-09.05.12.
PCAST did not have any activities for FY2018, but members may be appointed in early FY 2019.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentPCAST recommendations are not of this nature.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentPCAST has a formal role in reviewing Federal nanotechnology and information technology/high-end computing R&D programs.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentPCAST recommendations are not cost-oriented but management and policy oriented.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*37Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentPCAST submitted 37 reports to the President. Each report is a considered to be a program recommendation. PCAST did not have any activities for FY2018, but members may be appointed in early FY 2019.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentPCAST has evidence that all of the program recommendations have been partially implemented as of September 2017.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentOSTP supports a website for PCAST and provides information about PCAST and its members upon request.
Agency Feedback CommentOSTP, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the NITRD National Coordination Office, and numerous agency representatives have interactive relationships with PCAST. The results of PCAST's reports are discussed with its members on an ongoing basis.Narrative Description*PCAST provides policy-level advice to the President on science and technology matters. It does not generally provide agency-specific advice on agency operations or programs. During the Obama Administration, PCAST publicly has released 37 reports. These reports contain some recommendations that have implications for agency programs in the respective areas.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033569President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2018
 COM-001433President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2017
 COM-002837President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2016
 COM-003499President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2015
 COM-004931President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2014
 COM-005674President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2013
 COM-007197President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2012
 COM-008492President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2011
 COM-008597President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2010
 COM-010469President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2009
 COM-010558President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2008
 COM-012326President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2007
 COM-012452President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2006
 COM-014208President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2005
 COM-014299President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2004
 COM-015823President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2003
 COM-016501President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology2002
 COM-017815President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology2001
 COM-018517President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology2000
 COM-019949President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology1999
 COM-020429President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology1998
 COM-021875President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology1997