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ED - 5265 - Web-Based Education Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameWeb-Based Education CommissionAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2001Committee Number5265
Original Establishment Date10/7/1998Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/19/2001Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*16
Current Charter Date2/16/1999Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter2/16/2001Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date3/19/2001Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jay
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Noell
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Sec. 852(a), P.L. 105-244Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 502-7681
Effective Date Of Authority*10/7/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 502-7876
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate Required 
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Commission accomplished its mission resulting in their final report entitled, The Power of the Internet for Learning, Moving from Promise to Practice. In the course of their work, the Commission head from hundreds of educators, policymakers, Internet pioneers, education researchers, and ordinary citizens who shared their powerful visions and showed us the promise of the Internet--to center learning around the student instead of the classroom, to focus on the strengths and needs of individual learners, and to make lifelong learning a practical reality. Based on the findings, the Commission believes a national mobilization is necessary--to make new internet resources, especially broadband access, widely and equiptably available and affordable for all learners. All the recommendations are available for viewing in the report at the website: The report was distribute and release at the National Press Club on December 14, 2000.
How is membership balanced?*The Commission was comprised of sixteen members of which, three were appointed by the President, from among individuals representing the Internet technology industry; three were appointed by the Secretary of Education, whose expertise in accreditation, establishing statewide curricula, and establishing information technology networks pertaining to education curricula; two were appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate; three were appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; two were appointed by the Speaker of the House; three were appointed by the Minority Leader of the House.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission established a schedule that included five hearings, Washington, DC (November 16-17, 1999; Washington, DC (February 2-3, 2000); Silicon Valley, CA (April 7-8, 2000); Atlanta, GA (June 26, 2000); Washington, DC (July 19-20, 2000); Washington, DC (September 14-15, 2000); and several conference calls. The hearings directly related to addressing the mission and objective of the Commission. The mission of the Commission was to sesure that all learners have full and equal access to the capabilities of the World Wide Web, and to ensure that online content and learning strategies are affordable and meet the highest standards of educational equality. The Commission established three principal objectives: (1) Articulate a comprehensive policy road-map for key education stakeholders, public policy officials, and the private sector. (2) Establish a strong presence on the World Wide Web that is a focal point of discussion and debate over the key policies affecting the deployment of Web-based content and learning strategies. (3) Provide specific policy guidance to Congress regarding how the Web can help improve student achievement as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Congress felt there was a requirement by government to conduct a thorough study to assess the educational software in retail markets for secondary and postsecondary students. The Commission was charged with reporting its findings and conclusions resulting from the study, and making recommendations as 1) to such legislation and administrative actions as the Commission considers to be appropriate; and 2) access the appropriate Federal role in determining quality educational software products.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed in FY 2001.
Recommendation RemarksThis Commission issued its report in December and as required by its legislation terminated on 3/19/2001.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$134,701.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,027.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$8,323.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$98,870.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$249,921.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*3.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-018779Web-Based Education Commission2000
 COM-019695Web-Based Education Commission1999