Federal Advisory Committees

Increase participation of the affected public in FACA committees

Federal Advisory Committees are an important mechanism for in-depth discussion between agencies and the public. Rules and guidelines need improvement, but also agencies may not be able to afford to establish and maintain all of the FACA committees they need. It is especially important to involve the people who will be most affected by the rules under discussion! Therefore:

 

Experiment with online access (and use of library or loan computers if needed) to bring down costs and involve more people who are directly affected by the rules in question but may otherwise not participate – for example, parents of young children regarding child safety legislation, disabled people regarding airline rules or veterans regarding VA services, homeless people regarding social security payment mechanisms (an issue if you have no bank account).

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Idea No. 874