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Short Titles - House of Representatives

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Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced

Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency of Federal advisory committees, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
03/12/2019Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H2667-2670)
03/07/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (10)

Date Chamber All Actions
03/13/2019SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
03/12/2019-1:38pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/12/2019-1:38pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H2667-2670)
03/12/2019-1:26pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1608.
03/12/2019-1:26pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2667-2671)
03/12/2019-1:26pmHouseMs. Norton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
03/07/2019HouseReferred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/07/2019HouseReferred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/07/2019HouseReferred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/07/2019HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (0)

No cosponsors.


Committees (4)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Reform03/07/2019 Referred to
House Ways and Means03/07/2019 Referred to
House Budget03/07/2019 Referred to
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs03/13/2019 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House (03/12/2019)

Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019

This bill revises provisions regarding federal advisory committees, including to (1) require designation of committee members as special government employees or representatives, (2) apply the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to subcommittees and subgroups, and (3) require publication of certain information about advisory committees.

The bill requires appointments to advisory committees to be made without regard to political affiliation or campaign activity, unless required by federal statute. Each agency, prior to appointing members to an advisory committee, must solicit nominations for potential committee members. The agency shall solicit nominations at least once every two years.

The bill provides statutory authority for the designation of advisory committee members as special government employees (if they are appointed to exercise their individual best judgement) or representatives (if they are appointed to represent a nongovernment entity). Agencies may not designate committee members as representatives to avoid federal ethics rules.

Each agency shall make available on its website specified information about each of the agency's advisory committees, including membership, meeting minutes, and notices of future meetings. The General Services Administration must also publish this information.

The bill revises requirements for Advisory Committee Management Officers, including to require them to be senior officials with expertise in implementing FACA.

The Government Accountability Office shall report on agency compliance with FACA.