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Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, Sec. 1, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 770) became law in 1972 and is the legal foundation defining how federal advisory committees operate.

  • Any time a group of people who are not full time or permanent part time federal employees comes together to provide collective advice to the government, the FACA is triggered
  • Members serve a term of one to four years, renewed annually
  • Members may serve no more than two consecutive four-year terms
  • Members may serve on no more than two DoD federal advisory committees concurrently
  • Members can only be appointed by the Secretary of Defense or Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Members are given the designation of Special Government Employee
  • Members are not compensated other than reimbursement for travel expenses for attending committee meetings and conducting committee business

Nomination Cycles

Nomination cycles for each board vary.  An announcement will be provided on this page when a specific nomination cycle is open as well as on the specific board pages listed below.



U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors

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The U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors is established under Title 10 U.S. Code 9355. The Board inquires into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters relating to the Academy which the Board decides to consider.

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Air University Board of Visitors

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The Air University Board of Visitors (AU BOV) provides the Secretary of the Air Force, through the Air University Commander and President, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal, and research policies and activities of Air University.

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Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

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The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) of 1977, provides the Air Force with independent advice on matters of Science and Technology relating to the Air Force mission, reporting to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. 

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