EO 12864
Effective Date: September 15, 1993

Responsible Office: Office of the Administrator


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 amend (5 U.S.C. App. 2)
("Act"), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is
hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. (a) There is established in the
Commerce Department the "United States Advisory Council on the
National Information Infrastructure" ("Council").  The Council
shall consist of not more than 25 members to be appointed by the
Secretary of Commerce ("Secretary").
 (b) The Secretary shall appoint from among the members of the
Council officials to serve as chairperson(s) or vice-
chairperson(s) of the Council as he shall deem appropriate.

Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The Council shall advise the Secretary on
matters related to the development of the National Information
Infrastructure.  The National Information Infrastructure shall be
the integration of hardware, software, and skills that will make
it easy and affordable to connect people with each other, with
computers, and with a vast array of services and information
 (b) The Council shall advise the Secretary on a national
strategy for promoting the development of a National Information
Infrastructure.  Issues that the Council may address include, but
are not limited to:

     (1) the appropriate roles of the private and public sectors 
     in developing the National Information Infrastructure;

     (2) a vision for the evolution of the National Information 
     Infrastructure and its public and commercial applications;

     (3) the impact of current and proposed regulatory regimes on
     the evolution of the National Information Infrastructure;

     (4) national strategies for maximizing the benefits of the 
     National Information Infrastructure, as measured by job
     creation, economic growth, increased proguctivity, and
     enhanced quality of life; 

     (5) national strategies for developing and demonstrating 
     applications in areas such as electronic commerce, agile
     manufacturing, life-long learning, health care, government,
     services, and civic networking;

     (6) national security, emergency preparedness, system 
     security, and network protection implications;

     (7) national strategies for maximizing interconnection and 
     interoperability of communications networks;

     (8) international issues associated with the National 
     Information Infrastructure;

     (9) universal access; and

     (10) privacy, security, and copyright issues.

 (c) The chairperson(s) may, from time to time, invite experts to
submit information to the Council and may form subcommittees of
the Council to review specific issues.

Sec. 3. Administration. (a) The heads of executive agencies
shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide to the Council
such information as it may require for the purpose of carrying
out its functions.
 (b) Members of the Council shall serve without compensation but
shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of
subsistence, as authorized by law, including 5 U.S.C. 5701-5707
and section 7(d) of the Act, for persons serving intermittently
in government service.

 (c) The Department of Commerce shall provide the Council with
administrative services, facilities, staff, and other support
services necessary for the performance of its functions.

Sec. 4. General. (a) Notwithstanding any other Executive order,
the functions of the President under the Act that are applicable
to the Council, except that of reporting to Congress, shall be
performed by the Secretary in accordance with guidelines that
have been issued by the Administrator of General Services.
 (b) The Council shall exist for a period of two years from the
date of this order, unless the Council's charter is subsequently
extended prior to the aforementioned date.
 (c) Members of the Council and its subcommittee shall not be
considered special government employees for any purpose or for
purposes of 18 U.S.C. 201-203, 205, 207-209, and 218-219.

                                        /s/William J. Clinton

September 15, 1993.


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