Executive Order 12881 of November 23,
Establishment of the National Science and
Technology Council |
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
law of the United Stated of America, including section 301 of title 3, United
States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. There is established the
National Science and Technology Council (the Council).
Section 2. Membership. The Council shall comprise
(a) President, who shall serve as Chairman of the Council;
(c) Secretary of Commerce;
(d) Secretary of Defense;
(e) Secretary of Energy;
(f) Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(g) Secretary of State;
(h) Secretary of the Interior;
Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
National Science Foundation;
(k) Director of the Office of Management and
(l) Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency;
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology;
(o) Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;
(p) Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy; and
(q) Such other
officials of executive departments and agencies as the President may, from time
to time, designate.
Section 3. Meetings of the Council. The President or, upon
his direction, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
(the Assistant), may convene meetings of the Council. The
President shall preside over the meetings of the Council, provided that in his
absence the Vice President, and in his absence the Assistant, will preside.
Section 4. Functions.
(a) The principal functions of the
Council are, to the extent permitted by law:
1. to coordinate the science
and technology policy-making process;
2. to ensure science and technology
policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's stated
3. to help integrate the President's science and technology
policy agenda across the Federal Government;
4. to ensure science and
technology are considered in development and implementation of Federal policies
and programs; and
5. to further international cooperation in science and
The Assistant may take such actions, including drafting a
Charter, as may be necessary or appropriate to implement such functions.
(b) All executive department and agencies, whether or not represented on
the Council, shall coordinate science and technology policy through the council
and shall share information on research and development budget requests with
(c) The Council shall develop for submission to the Director
of the Office of Management and Budget recommendations on research and
development budgets that reflect national goals. In addition, the Council
shall provide advice to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
concerning the agencies' research and development budget submissions.
(d) The Assistant will, when appropriate, work in conjunction with the
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Assistant to the President
for Domestic Policy, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and
the National Security Adviser.
Section 5. Administration.
(a) The Council will oversee the
duties of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and
Technology, the National Space Council, and the National Critical Materials
(b) The Council may function through established or ad hoc
committees, task forces, or interagency groups.
(c) To the extent
practicable and permitted by law, executive departments and agencies shall make
resources, including, but not limited to, personnel, office support, and
printing, available to the Council as requested by the Assistant.
executive departments and agencies shall cooperate with the Council and provide
such assistance, information, and advice to the Council as the Council may
request, to the extent permitted by law.
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November 23, 1993.
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