By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Advisory Committee
Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), and in order to establish a President's
Advisory Board on Race, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment.
(a) There is established the President's Advisory
Board on Race. The Advisory Board shall comprise 7 members from outside
the Federal Government to be appointed by the President. Members shall
each have substantial experience and expertise in the areas to be considered
by the Advisory Board. Members shall be representative of the diverse perspectives
in the areas to be considered by the Advisory Board.
(b) The President shall designate a Chairperson
from among the members of the Advisory Board.
Sec. 2. Functions.
(a) The Advisory Board shall advise the President
on matters involving race and racial reconciliation, including ways in
which the President can:
(1) Promote a constructive
national dialogue to confront and work through challenging issues that
(2) Increase the Nation's
understanding of our recent history of race relations and the course our
Nation is charting on issues of race relations and racial diversity;
(3) Bridge racial divides
by encouraging leaders in communities throughout the Nation to develop
and implement innovative approaches to calming racial tensions;
(4) Identify, develop, and
implement solutions to problems in areas in which race has a substantial
impact, such as education, economic opportunity, housing, health care,
and the administration of justice.
(b) The Advisory Board also shall advise on
such other matters as from time to time the President may refer to the
(c) In carrying out its functions, the Advisory
Board shall coordinate with the staff of the President's Initiative on
Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) To the extent permitted by law and subject to
the availability of appropriations, the Department of Justice shall provide
the financial and administrative support for the Advisory Board.
(b) The heads of executive agencies shall, to the
extent permitted by law, provide to the Advisory Board such information
as it may require for the purpose of carrying out its functions.
(c) The Chairperson may, from time to time, invite
experts to submit information to the Advisory Board and may form subcommittees
or working groups within the Advisory Board to review specific matters.
(d) Members of the Advisory Board shall serve without
compensation but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently
in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
Sec. 4. General.
(a) Notwithstanding any other Executive order, the
functions of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended, except that of reporting to the Congress, that are applicable
to the Advisory Board shall be performed by the Attorney General, or his
or her designee, in accordance with guidelines that have been issued by
the Administrator of General Services.
(b) The Advisory Board shall terminate on September
30, 1998, unless extended by the President prior to such date.
William J. Clinton
THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 13, 1997.