A number of committees and other groups assist and advise the U.S. Department of Education in carrying out its mission. Comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable of education in elementary and secondary schools or postsecondary and adult education institutions, these groups provide valuable guidance to the Department on policy and program issues. The President appoints Commissions to advise him on matters of national importance, including education. Additionally, the Secretary of Education establishes Commissions that advise both the President and the Department of Education.
- Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
- White House initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
- White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaskan Native Education
- Press Release
- Website for the White House initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
In 1972, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, 5 U.S.C., App) was enacted by Congress. Its purpose was to ensure that advice rendered to the Executive Branch by the various advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed over the years by Congress, the President and Government Agencies, be both objective and accessible to the public. The Act not only formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory groups, but also created the Committee Management Secretariat (MS), an organization located within the General Services Administration (GSA) whose task is to evaluate and monitor Executive Branch compliance with the Act.
For detailed information on budget, charter, members, accomplishments, meetings, and reports on all government advisory committees, go to the GSA FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) Database