EPA Advisory Committees: Improvements Needed for Member Appointment Process, Statement of J. Alfredo Gomez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittees on Investigations and Oversight, and Environment, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives [open pdf - 697KB]
From the Testimony: "Thank you for the opportunity to discuss our report, publicly released yesterday, on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) process for appointing members to the federal advisory committees it manages under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). These committees play an important role at EPA by providing advice that helps the agency develop regulations, accredit laboratories, and manage research programs, among other activities. As of March 31, 2018, EPA managed 22 such committees. Questions have been raised about EPA's process for appointing members to its federal advisory committees following recent policy changes affecting who serves on these committees. In light of these questions, we were asked to review issues related to how EPA appoints advisory committee members. This statement summarizes key findings from our report, which (1) describes EPA's established process for appointing members to serve on EPA advisory committees; (2) evaluates the extent to which EPA followed its process from fiscal year 2017 through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018; and (3) describes how, if at all, selected characteristics of EPA's advisory committees changed after January 2017."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/