U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
CHARTER OF THE
Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations
of Digital Television Broadcasters
The Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to Executive Order No. 13038, hereby
establishes the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital
Television Broadcasters ("Committee").
OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES
1. The Committee shall provide advice on the public interest obligations
that digital television broadcasters should assume. The Committee will
study and recommend what public interest responsibilities should accompany
the broadcasters' receipt of digital television licenses.
2. The Committee will draw upon the expertise of its members and other
sources to provide advice and make recommendations to the Vice President
through the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, who
also reports to the Secretary of Commerce. The Committee will submit its
report on or before June 1, 1998.
3. The Chairperson may, from time to time, invite experts to submit
information to the Committee and may form subcommittees of the Committee
to review specific issues.
4. The Committee will function solely as an advisory body, and will
comply fully with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act
(5 U.S.C. app. 2).
MEMBERS AND CHAIRPERSON
1. The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 members to be appointed
by the President. The President shall appoint a balanced representation
of members from the private sector, including members of the commercial
and noncommercial broadcasting industry, computer industries, producers,
academic institutions, public interest organizations, and the advertising
2. The Chairperson shall be a member of the Committee and will be appointed
by the President.
3. Members will be appointed for the duration of the Committee and serve
at the discretion of the President. Vacancy appointments shall be for the
remainder of the unexpired term of the vacancy.
1. The Committee will report to the Vice President through the Assistant
Secretary for Communications and Information, who also reports to the Secretary
2. The Committee will meet no less than twice a year, except that additional
meetings may be called as deemed desirable by the Chairperson and the Assistant
Secretary for Communications and Information. Meetings are expected to
be held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
3. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
will provide staff support for the Committee.
4. Members of the Committee will not be compensated for their services.
Although members may, upon request, be allowed travel and per diem expenses
as authorized by 5 U.S.C. §5701 et. seq., no funding is currently
planned to support member travel.
5. The annual cost of operating the Committee is estimated at $500,000,
which includes 4 person-years of staff support.
6. The Committee may establish such subcommittees of its members as
may be necessary, subject to the Department of Commerce Committee Management
7. Members of the Committee and its subcommittees shall not be considered
special governmental employees for any purpose and will not be subject
to sections 201-03, 205, 207-09, 218, and 219 of Title 18 U.S. Code, Chapter
11 Conflict of Interest Rules.
8. To the extent permitted by law, the heads of executive departments,
agencies, and independent instrumentalities shall provide the Committee,
upon request, with such information as it may require for the purpose of
carrying out its functions.
9. As provided by Executive Order No. 13038, the Committee, in consultation
with the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, may accept
the use of any of the facilities and services of any executive department,
agency, or instrumentality and the detail of any of the personnel of such
department, agency, or instrumentality offered by the head of such department,
agency, or instrumentality to the Committee to assist the Committee in
carrying out its duties. Existing Department of Commerce procedures for
the acceptance of such facilities and services will be followed.
10. Notwithstanding any other Executive Order, the relevant functions
of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended,
except that of reporting to Congress, shall be performed by the Assistant
Secretary for Communications and Information, or his designee, in accordance
with guidelines and procedures issued by the Administrator of General Services.
The Committee shall terminate on July 1, 1998, unless earlier terminated
or renewed by proper authority by appropriate action.
Raymond G. Kammer, Jr. Date
Acting Chief Financial Officer and
Assistant Secretary for Administration