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By: John M. Kamensky. IBM Center for the Business of Government, January 10, 2012. "Forty years ago, Congress passed a law to make government agencies more accountable and transparent in how they sought advice from industry and the public. It was called the Federal Advisory Committee Act. But over the years, the way the law was implemented led to less citizen involvement and reluctance by agencies from seeking advice.
Fast-forward to 2012, where there's an Administration promoting Open Government and citizen engagement via the internet and social media. The old law, affectionately called FACA by government insiders, is still in force and increasingly irrelevant as agencies look for ways around its strictures to seek citizen and expert input. But the original goals of the law are still very much a priority – to promote citizen participation and transparency, to ensure objectivity in advice to federal agencies and limit the influence of special interests, and to ensure efficiency in the use of resources by periodically reviewing committees to ensure they serve a useful purpose..."
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