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Suggested Citation:"Appendix H Description of Procedures for Gathering Call for Comments." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2005. Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11152.
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APPENDIX H
DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURES FOR GATHERING CALL FOR COMMENTS

In the call for comments, the committee’s goal was to gather comments on the current presidential and federal advisory committee appointment process and suggestions for improvement in this process from the public. The committee posed the following questions:

  1. What do you believe are the major obstacles in recruiting the best scientific and technical leadership for science and technology presidential appointments?

  2. How do you believe the presidential appointment process for science and technology positions can be improved?

  3. What principles should guide the selection of scientists, engineers, and health professionals to serve on federal advisory committees associated with science-based policy or to review research proposals?

To advertise the call for comments, the committee placed an advertisement in Science and sent out requests to

  • Members of Congress who had expressed an interest in these issues.

  • The Committee Management Offices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and federal agencies with a request that they forward this request to their members.

  • Science and engineering disciplinary societies.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix H Description of Procedures for Gathering Call for Comments." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2005. Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11152.
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  • Patient-advocacy groups.

  • Nongovernment organizations.

  • National Academies committee members for the last 4 years (on the assumption that many of them have served on federal advisory committees).

The committee received responses from 14 organizations-including professional societies, advocacy organizations, university organizations, nongovernment organizations, and patient-advocacy groups—and from over 200 individuals.

The responses are provided on the committee’s Web site (www.nationalacademies.org/cosepup). Not included on the Web site are those who requested that their comments to the committee be confidential.

Among the comments, the committee found many useful suggestions as to how the existing presidential and federal advisory committee process could be improved. The comments contributed to the committee’s findings and recommendations.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix H Description of Procedures for Gathering Call for Comments." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2005. Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11152.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix H Description of Procedures for Gathering Call for Comments." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2005. Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11152.
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In 2004, an ad hoc committee was charged with preparing this third report examining the most senior S&T appointments to federal government positions and updating the accompanying list of the most urgent S&T presidential appointments. Sufficient changes have occurred since the National Academies 2000 report on presidential appointments—including the 2001 terrorist attacks, the anthrax deaths, the reorganization of homeland-security activities in the federal government, new developments in S&T, and concerns about the politicization of S&T decision making and advice—to warrant this new edition. In contrast with previous reports on the subject, this one covers not only presidential appointments to top S&T leadership positions but also the appointment of scientists, engineers, and health professionals to serve on federal advisory committees that focus on science-based policy or on the review of research proposals. The committee recognizes that other areas of federal responsibility are as important as S&T, but S&T appointments are the only ones within its purview.

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