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Being A Little More Open About Advisory Committees

By Keith Cowing
August 22, 2011
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Ensuring Scientific Integrity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
“1. The recruitment process for new FAC members should be as transparent as possible.
NASA is committed to making the recruitment process for new FAC members as transparent as possible:
* NPD 1150.11 stipulates that NASA will rely on nominations from within the Agency followed by a thorough vetting of the nominee for expertise, experience, and conflicts of interest. The nomination process for members of one of NASA’s five FACs, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board, is coordinated among the nine Federal stakeholder agencies. All members of NASA FACs are appointed by the NASA Administrator.
* NASA anticipates revising NPD 1150.11 by October 31, 2011, to stipulate that the Agency will announce NASA FAC vacancies widely, including notice in the Federal Register with an invitation to the public to recommend individuals for consideration and also to submit self-nominations.”

Public Invitation for Potential Members to Serve on NASA Federal Advisory Committees
“SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and in accordance with the Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies signed on December 17, 2010, signed by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, NASA announces an invitation for the public to nominate individuals and also submit self-nominations for consideration as potential members of NASA’s Federal advisory committees. NASA’s Federal advisory committees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider nominations and self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its Federal advisory committees based on their expertise, knowledge, and contribution to the relevant subject area.”

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