Federal Advisory Committees: Actions Needed to Enhance Decision-Making Transparency and Cost Data Accuracy, Report to the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "FACA [Federal Advisory Committee Act] requires federal agencies to ensure that federal advisory committees make decisions that are independent and transparent. In fiscal year 2019, nearly 960 committees under FACA played a key role in informing public policy and government regulations. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review the transparency and independence of FACA committees and data collected in GSA's [General Services Administration] FACA database. This report examines (1) selected agencies' and committees' adherence to transparency requirements; (2) their practices to help ensure that agency officials do not exert inappropriate influence on committee decision-making; and (3) the extent to which GSA's FACA database contained accurate, complete, and useful cost information for these committees."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/