Most advisory groups that Federal agencies establish or utilize and that have at least one member who is not a Federal employee, must comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (Public Law 92-463). FACA recognizes the benefits of seeking advice and assistance from our citizens and helps ensure that the advice is both objective and accessible to the public.
There are many areas where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can benefit by obtaining advice from members of the public. It is important that we meet the requirements established by FACA.  Not doing so could result in the Service being prohibited from using any reports or other material originating from the advisory group.
FACA specifies the process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions. The Act encourages the use of open meetings, public involvement, chartering, and reporting. 

PRB Contact: Krista Bibb, (703) 358-1914,

Last updated: July 23, 2020