EO 13038
Effective Date: March 11, 1997

Responsible Office: Office of Policy and Plans


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.) (the
"Act"), and in order to establish an advisory committee on the
public interest obligations of digital television broadcasters,
it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Establishment.  There is established the "Advisory
Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital
Television Broadcasters" ("Committee").  The Committee shall
consist of not more than 15 members appointed by the President. 
Members shall be chosen from the private sector, including
members of the commercial and noncommercial broadcasting
industry, computer industries, producers, academic institutions,
public interest organizations, and the advertising community. 
The President shall designate a Chair from among the members of
the Committee.

Sec. 2.  Functions.  On or before June 1, 1998, the Committee
shall report to the Vice President on the public interest
obligations digital television broadcasters should assume.  For
the purpose of carrying out its functions the Committee may, in
consultation with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for
Communications and Information, hold meetings at such times and
places as the Committee may find advisable.

Sec. 3. Administration. (a) To the extent permitted by law, the
heads of executive departments, agencies, and independent
instrumentalities shall provide the Committee, upon request, with
such information as it may require for the purpose of carrying
out its functions.
     (b) Upon request of the Chair of the Committee, the head of
any executive department, agency, or instrumentality shall, to
the extent permitted by law and subject to the discretion of such
head, (1) make any of the facilities and services of such
department, agency, or instrumentality available to the
Committee; and (2) detail any of the personnel of such
department, agency, or instrumentality to the Committee to assist
the Committee in carrying out its duties.
     (c) Members of the Committee shall serve without
compensation for their work on the Committee.  While engaged in
the work of the Committee, members appointed from the private
sector may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu
of subsistence, as authorized by law and as the Chair, in
consulation with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for
Communications and Information, may allow as needed, for persons
serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-
5707), to the extent funds are available for such purposes.
     (d) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the
availability of appropriations, the Department of Commerce shall
provide the Committee with administrative services, staff, and
other support services necessary for performance of the
Committee's functions.
     (e) The Assistant Secretary for Communications and
Information, or his designee, shall perform the functions of the
President under the Act, except that of reporting to the
Congress, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures
established by the Administrator of General Services.

Sec. 4. General. The Committee shall terminate 30 days after
submitting its report, unless extended by the President.

                         /s/William J. Clinton

March 11, 1997.


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