By the authority vested in me as President by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the USA of America, and with a view to set up an advisory council on science, expertise, and innovation, it’s hereby ordered as follows:
Part 1. Coverage. As directed within the Presidential Memorandum of January 27, 2021 (Scientific Integrity and Proof-Based mostly Policymaking), it’s the coverage of my Administration to make evidence-based selections guided by the perfect obtainable science and knowledge. Officers and workers throughout my Administration shall search from scientists, engineers, and different specialists the perfect obtainable scientific and technological info and recommendation.
Sec. 2. Institution. (a) There may be hereby established the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Expertise (PCAST).
(b) The PCAST shall be composed of no more than 26 members. The Assistant to the President for Science and Expertise (the “Science Advisor”) shall be a member of the PCAST. The Science Advisor, if additionally serving because the Director of the Workplace of Science and Expertise Coverage, might designate the U.S. Chief Expertise Officer as a member. The remaining members shall be distinguished people and representatives from sectors exterior of the Federal Authorities appointed by the President. These non-Federal members shall have various views and experience in science, expertise, and innovation.
(c) The Science Advisor shall function a Co-Chair of the PCAST. The President shall additionally designate no less than one, however no more than two, of the non-Federal members to function a Co‑Chair, or Co-Chairs, of the PCAST with the Science Advisor. The Science Advisor might designate as much as three Vice Chairs of the PCAST from among the many non-Federal members of the PCAST, to assist the Co-Chairs within the management and group of the PCAST.
Sec. 3. Capabilities. (a) The PCAST shall advise the President on issues involving coverage affecting science, expertise, and innovation, in addition to on issues involving scientific and technological info that’s wanted to tell public coverage referring to the economic system, employee empowerment, training, vitality, the setting, public well being, nationwide and homeland safety, racial fairness, and different matters.
(b) The PCAST shall meet repeatedly and shall:
(i) reply to requests from the President or the Science Advisor for info, evaluation, analysis, or recommendation;
(ii) solicit info and concepts from a broad vary of stakeholders, together with the analysis group; the personal sector; universities; nationwide laboratories; State, native, and Tribal governments; foundations; and nonprofit organizations;
(iii) function the advisory committee recognized in part 101(b) of the Excessive-Efficiency Computing Act of 1991 (Public Regulation 102-194), as amended (15 U.S.C. 5511(b)), through which capability the PCAST shall be referred to as the President’s Innovation and Expertise Advisory Committee; and
(iv) function the advisory panel recognized in part 4 of the twenty first Century Nanotechnology Analysis and Growth Act (Public Regulation 108-153), as amended (15 U.S.C. 7503), through which capability the PCAST shall be referred to as the Nationwide Nanotechnology Advisory Panel.
(c) The PCAST shall present recommendation from the non-Federal sector to the Nationwide Science and Expertise Council (NSTC) in response to requests from the NSTC.
Sec. 4. Administration. (a) The heads of govt departments and businesses shall, to the extent permitted by legislation, present the PCAST with info regarding scientific and technological issues when requested by the PCAST Co-Chairs and as required for the aim of finishing up the PCAST’s capabilities.
(b) In session with the Science Advisor, the PCAST is permitted to create standing subcommittees and advert hoc teams, together with technical advisory teams, to help the PCAST and supply preliminary info on to the PCAST.
(c) So as to enable the PCAST to supply recommendation and evaluation relating to categorized issues, the Science Advisor might request that members of the PCAST, its standing subcommittees, or advert hoc teams, who don’t maintain a present clearance for entry to categorized info, obtain safety clearance and entry determinations pursuant to Government Order 12968 of August 2, 1995 (Entry to Labeled Data), as amended, or any successor order.
(d) The Division of Vitality shall present such funding and administrative and technical assist because the PCAST might require, to the extent permitted by legislation and inside present appropriations.
(e) Members of the PCAST shall serve with none compensation for his or her work on the PCAST, however might obtain journey bills, together with per diem in lieu of subsistence, as approved by legislation for individuals serving intermittently within the authorities service (5 U.S.C. 5701–5707).
(f) Insofar because the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), might apply to the PCAST, any capabilities of the President beneath that Act, besides that of reporting to the Congress, shall be carried out by the Secretary of Vitality, in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the Administrator of Normal Companies.
Sec. 5. Termination. The PCAST shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order until prolonged by the President.
Sec. 6. Revocation. Government Order 13895 of October 22, 2019 (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Expertise), is hereby revoked.
Sec. 7. Normal Provisions. (a) Nothing on this order shall be construed to impair or in any other case have an effect on:
(i) the authority granted by legislation to an govt division or company, or the top thereof; or
(ii) the capabilities of the Director of the Workplace of Administration and Funds referring to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be applied in keeping with relevant legislation and topic to the provision of appropriations.
(c) This order just isn’t meant to, and doesn’t, create any proper or profit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at legislation or in fairness by any celebration in opposition to the USA, its departments, businesses, or entities, its officers, workers, or brokers, or every other individual.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 27, 2021.