Executive Order on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

     By the authority vested in me as President by the Structure and the guidelines of the United States of America, and in get to build an advisory council on science, technology, and innovation, it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Policy.  As directed in the Presidential Memorandum of January 27, 2021 (Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based mostly Policymaking), it is the policy of my Administration to make evidence-based conclusions guided by the very best accessible science and details.  Officials and employees throughout my Administration shall request from experts, engineers, and other professionals the very best out there scientific and technological information and guidance.

     Sec. 2.  Establishment.  (a)  There is hereby established the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technologies (PCAST).  

     (b)  The PCAST shall be composed of not much more than 26 members.  The Assistant to the President for Science and Technology (the “Science Advisor”) shall be a member of the PCAST.  The Science Advisor, if also serving as the Director of the Business of Science and Know-how Plan, could designate the U.S. Chief Know-how Officer as a member.  The remaining members shall be distinguished folks and reps from sectors outside the house of the Federal Govt appointed by the President.  These non-Federal associates shall have various perspectives and knowledge in science, technology, and innovation.

     (c)  The Science Advisor shall serve as a Co-Chair of the PCAST.  The President shall also designate at least a single, but not more than two, of the non-Federal customers to provide as a Co‑Chair, or Co-Chairs, of the PCAST with the Science Advisor.  The Science Advisor may designate up to 3 Vice Chairs of the PCAST from among the non-Federal associates of the PCAST, to support the Co-Chairs in the leadership and corporation of the PCAST.

     Sec. 3.  Functions.  (a)  The PCAST shall advise the President on issues involving policy impacting science, engineering, and innovation, as very well as on matters involving scientific and technological information and facts that is necessary to inform general public plan relating to the overall economy, worker empowerment, training, strength, the atmosphere, community health, national and homeland security, racial fairness, and other matters.

     (b)  The PCAST shall meet regularly and shall:

(i)    respond to requests from the President or the Science Advisor for information, analysis, analysis, or assistance

(ii)   solicit information and tips from a wide range of stakeholders, which includes the exploration local community the non-public sector universities nationwide laboratories Point out, community, and Tribal governments foundations and nonprofit corporations

(iii)  serve as the advisory committee recognized in segment 101(b) of the Large-Effectiveness Computing Act of 1991 (General public Regulation 102-194), as amended (15 U.S.C. 5511(b)), in which potential the PCAST shall be recognized as the President’s Innovation and Technologies Advisory Committee and

(iv)   serve as the advisory panel recognized in area 4 of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Analysis and Advancement Act (Public Regulation 108-153), as amended (15 U.S.C. 7503), in which capability the PCAST shall be recognized as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel.  

     (c)  The PCAST shall supply suggestions from the non-Federal sector to the National Science and Technological know-how Council (NSTC) in response to requests from the NSTC.

     Sec. 4.  Administration.  (a)  The heads of executive departments and businesses shall, to the extent permitted by law, deliver the PCAST with info concerning scientific and technological issues when asked for by the PCAST Co-Chairs and as expected for the objective of carrying out the PCAST’s capabilities.

     (b)  In session with the Science Advisor, the PCAST is authorized to produce standing subcommittees and advert hoc groups, like technical advisory groups, to support the PCAST and supply preliminary facts straight to the PCAST.

     (c)  In buy to allow the PCAST to supply information and investigation with regards to categorised issues, the Science Advisor could request that customers of the PCAST, its standing subcommittees, or ad hoc groups, who do not hold a latest clearance for obtain to labeled data, acquire security clearance and accessibility determinations pursuant to Executive Get 12968 of August 2, 1995 (Obtain to Categorized Details), as amended, or any successor order.

     (d)  The Department of Electrical power shall present such funding and administrative and technical aid as the PCAST may demand, to the extent permitted by law and inside current appropriations.

     (e)  Members of the PCAST shall serve without any compensation for their perform on the PCAST, but may perhaps receive journey charges, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as licensed by regulation for folks serving intermittently in the govt services (5 U.S.C. 5701–5707).

     (f)  Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may well implement to the PCAST, any functions of the President less than that Act, apart from that of reporting to the Congress, shall be carried out by the Secretary of Strength, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures recognized by the Administrator of Basic Companies.

     Sec. 5.  Termination.  The PCAST shall terminate 2 a long time from the day of this get unless of course prolonged by the President.

     Sec. 6.  Revocation.  Executive Purchase 13895 of October 22, 2019 (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technological innovation), is hereby revoked.

     Sec. 7.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this buy shall be construed to impair or usually influence:

(i)   the authority granted by legislation to an govt division or agency, or the head thereof or

(ii)  the capabilities of the Director of the Business office of Management and Spending plan relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

     (b)  This buy shall be carried out reliable with relevant regulation and topic to the availability of appropriations.

     (c)  This purchase is not meant to, and does not, build any correct or reward, substantive or procedural, enforceable at regulation or in equity by any occasion from the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or brokers, or any other person.

                             JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.


    January 27, 2021.