About this Collection
This collection augments the analog Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) collection, held by the Serial and Government Publications Division. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 legally mandates deposit with the Library of Congress materials created by the more than 6,000 committees, boards, commissions, councils, and similar groups established to advise offices and agencies in the Executive Branch. Under the FACA, committees can be sponsored by the President, Congress, or a federal agency. This collection focuses on commissions or committees appointed or requested by the President.
With approximately 1,000 advisory committees in existence at any given time, the General Services Administration (GSA) is tasked with monitoring committee activities government-wide and ensuring compliance with the FACA, the Freedom of Information Act, and related regulations. Many committees contribute to public policy discussions and the development of legislation through reports, meeting minutes, and other documentation made available through the web but not necessarily deposited with the Library. Given the nature of the Committees, which are chartered for two years at a time (sometimes renewed, sometimes not), the sites can come and go in accordance, making this archive an important source of information for researchers.
Collection Period: October 2015 to present (this is an ongoing archive).
Frequency of Collection: The majority of sites in the collection were targeted for capture twice-yearly, with fewer targeted for capture quarterly, monthly, or once.
Languages: Collection material in English.
Acquisition Information: Sites have been added incrementally since the project began and will continue to be added as they are identified.