EO 12961
Effective Date: May 26, 1995

Responsible Office: Office of Management Systems


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby
ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Establishment.  (a) There is hereby established the
Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses
(the "Committee").  The Committee shall be composed of not more
than 12 members to be appointed by the President.  The members of
the Committee shall have expertise relevant to the functions of
the Committee and shall not be full-time officials or employees
of the executive branch of the Federal Government.  The Committee
shall be subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2.
     (b) The President shall designate a Chairperson from among
the members of the Committee.

Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The Committee shall report to the
President through the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of
Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
     (b) The Committee shall provide advice and recommendations
based on its review of the following matters:
     (1) Research:  epidemiological, clinical, and other research
concerning Gulf War veterans' Illnesses.
     (2) Coordinating Efforts:  the activities of the Persian
Gulf Veterans Coordinating Board, including the Research
Coordinating Council, the Clinical Working Group, and the
Disability and Compensation Working Group.
     (3) Medical Treatment:  medical examinations and treatment
in connection with Gulf War veterans' illnesses, including the
Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program and the Persian Gulf
Registry Medical Examination Program.
     (4) Outreach:  government-sponsored outreach efforts such as
hotlines and newsletters related to Gulf War illnesses.
     (5) External Reviews: the steps taken to implement
recommendations in external reviews by the Institute of
Medicine's Committee to Review the Health Consequences of Service
During the Persian Gulf War, the Defense Science Board Task Force
on Persian Gulf War Health Effects, the National Institutes of
Health Technology Assessment Workshop on the Persian GulfExperience and Health, the Persian Gulf Expert Scientific
Committee, and other bodies.
     (6) Risk Factors:  the possible risks associated with
service in the Persian Gulf Conflict in general and,
specifically, with prophylactic drugs and vaccines, infectious
diseases, environmental chemicals, radiation and toxic
substances, smoke from oil well fires, depleted uranium, physical
and psychological stress, and other factors applicable to the
Persian Gulf Conflict.
     (7) Chemical and Biological Weapons: information related to
reports of the possible detection of chemical or biological
weapons during the Persian Gulf Conflict.
     (c) It shall not be a function of the Committee to conduct
scientific research.  The Committee shall review information and
provide advice and recommendations on the activities undertaken
related to the matters described in (b) above.
     (d) It shall not be a function of the Committee to provide
advice or recommendations on any legal liability of the Federal
Government for any claims or potential claims against the Federal
     (e) As used herein, "Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses" means the
symptoms and illnesses reported by United States uniformed
services personnel who served in the Persian Gulf Conflict.
     (f) The Committee shall submit an interim report within 6
months of the first meeting of the Committee and a final report
by December 31, 1996, unless otherwise provided by the President.

Sec.3. Administration. (a) The heads of executive departments and
agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the
Committee with such information as it may require for purposes of
carrying out its functions.
     (b) Members of the Committee shall be compensated in
accordance with Federal law.  Committee members may be allowed
travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to
the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in
the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
     (c) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the
availability of appropriations, the Department of Defense shall
provide the Committee with such funds as may be necessary for the
performance of its functions.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of
any other Executive order, the functions of the President under
the Federal Advisory Committee Act that are applicable to the
Committee, except that of reporting annually to the Congress,
shall be performed by the Secretary of Defense, in accordance
with that guidelines and procedures established by the
Administrator of General Services.
     (b) The Committee shall terminate 30 days after submitting
its final report.
     (c) This order is intended only to improve the internal
management of the executive branch and it is not intended to
create any right, benefit or trust responsibility, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the
United States, its agencies, its officers, or any person.

                         /s/William J. Clinton

May 26, 1995.


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