Appendix 3 - Executive Order 12882
of November 23, 1993
President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 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,
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.
Section 2. Functions. (a) The PCAST shall advise the President, through the Assistant, on
matters involving science and technology.
(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.
Section 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 functions.
(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) Members 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.
Section 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 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
(b) PCAST shall terminate two years from the date of this order unless extended prior to
(c) Executive Orders Nos. 12700, 12766, and Section 2 of Executive Order No. 12869 are