EO 12882
Effective Date: November 23, 1993

Responsible Office: Policy Coordination Division


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, including section
301 of title 3, United States Code, and in order to establish an
advisory committee on science and technology, it is hereby
ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is established the President's
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology ("PCAST"). PCAST
shall be composed of not more than 16 members, one of whom shall
be the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
("Assistant"), and 15 of whom shall be distinguished individuals
from the nonfederal sector appointed by the President.  The
nonfederal sector members shall be representative of the diverse
perspectives and expertise in this Nation's investments in
science and technology.  The Assistant to the President for
Science and Technology shall co-chair PCAST with a nonfederal
sector member selected by the President.

Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The PCAST shall advise the President,
through the Assistant, on matters involving science and
 (b) In the performance of its advisory duties, PCAST shall
assist the National Science and Technology Council ("Council") in
securing private sector involvement in its activities.

Sec. 3. Administration. (a) The heads of executive departments
and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide PCAST
such information with respect to scientific and technological
matters as required for the purpose of carrying out its
 (b) In consultation with the Assistant to the President for
Science and Technology, PCAST is authorized to convene ad hoc
working groups to assist the Council.

 (c)  Member of PCAST shall serve without any compensation for
their work on PCAST.  However, members may 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).

 (d) Any expenses of PCAST shall be paid from the funds available
for the expenses of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 (e) The Office of Science and Technology Policy shall provide
such administrative services as may be required.

Sec. 4. General. (a) I have determined that the Committee shall
be established in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee
Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.).  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, which are applicable to PCAST shall be performed by
the Office of Science and Technology Policy in accordance with
the guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of
General Services.
 (b) PCAST shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order
unless extended prior to that date.
 (c) Executive Orders Nos. 12700, 12768, and Section 2 of
Executive Order No. 12869 are hereby revoked.

                                        /s/William J. Clinton

November 23, 1993.


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