[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68747-68748]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27923]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Reestablishment of Department of Defense Federal Advisory 
Committees

AGENCY: DoD.

ACTION: Notice to reestablish Federal Advisory Committee.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 5 CFR 532, Federal Wage System (Pub. 
L. 92-392), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. 
Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), 
and 41 CFR 102-3.50(c), the Department of Defense (DoD) gives notice 
that it is reestablishing the charter for the Department of Defense 
Wage Committee (hereafter referred to as ``the Committee'').
    The Committee is a discretionary federal advisory committee that 
shall provide the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, 
through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness 
(USD(P&R)), independent advice and recommendations on all matters 
relating to the conduct of wage surveys and the establishment of wage 
schedules for all appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund wage 
areas of blue-collar employees within the DoD.
    The Committee shall report to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of 
Defense, through the USD(P&R). The USD(P&R) may act upon the 
Committee's advice and recommendations.
    The Committee, consistent with 5 CFR 532.227, shall be comprised of 
seven members--a chairperson and six additional members. Committee 
members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense and their 
appointments will be renewed on an annual basis. Those members, who are 
not full-time or permanent part-time Federal officers or employees, 
shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the 
authority of 5 U.S.C. Sec.  3109 and serve as special government 
employees. Each Committee member is appointed to provide advice on 
behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment 
without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that 
is free from conflict of interest. With the exception of travel and per 
diem for official Committee related travel, Committee members shall 
serve without compensation, unless authorized by the Secretary of 
Defense.
    The Secretary of Defense may approve the appointment of Committee 
members for one-to-two year terms of service,

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with annual renewals; however, no member, unless authorized, by the 
Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of 
service.
    The Department, when necessary, and consistent with the Committee's 
mission and DoD policies/procedures, may establish subcommittees to 
support the Committee. Establishment of subcommittees will be based 
upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the 
Secretary of Defense, or the Committee's sponsor.
    These Subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered 
Committee, and shall report all their recommendations and advice to the 
Committee for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no 
authority to make decisions on behalf of the chartered Committee; nor 
can any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the 
DoD or any Federal officers or employees.
    All subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as 
the Committee members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint 
subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a 
Committee member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the 
Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the Subcommittee 
of one to four years; however, no member shall serve more than two 
consecutive terms of service on the Subcommittee, unless authorized by 
the Secretary of Defense.
    Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government 
employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. Sec.  3109, and shall serve as special 
government employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the 
Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel 
and per diem for official Committee-related travel, Subcommittee 
members shall serve without compensation.
    All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the 
Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and 
regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Freeman, Advisory Committee 
Management Officer for the Department of Defense, 703-692-5952.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee shall meet at the call of the 
Committee's Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with 
Committee's Chairperson. The estimated number of Committee meetings is 
twenty-six per year.
    In addition, the Designated Federal Officer is required to be in 
attendance at all Committee and subcommittee meetings for the entire 
duration of each and every meeting; however, in the absence of the 
Designated Federal Officer, a properly approved Alternate Designated 
Federal Officer shall attend the entire duration of the Committee or 
subcommittee meeting.
    The Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal 
Officer, shall call all of the Committee's and Subcommittee's meetings; 
prepare and approve all meeting agendas; adjourn any meeting when the 
Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal 
Officer, determines adjournment to be in the public interest or 
required by governing regulations or DoD policies/procedures; and chair 
meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the Committee 
reports.
    Pursuant to 41 CFR Sec. Sec.  102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the 
public or interested organizations may submit written statements to 
Department of Defense Wage Committee membership about the Committee's 
mission and functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time 
or in response to the stated agenda of planned meeting of Department of 
Defense Wage Committee.
    All written statements shall be submitted to the Designated Federal 
Officer for the Department of Defense Wage Committee, and this 
individual will ensure that the written statements are provided to the 
membership for their consideration. Contact information for the 
Department of Defense Wage Committee's Designated Federal Officer can 
be obtained from the GSA's FACA Database--https://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.
    The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to 41 CFR Sec.  102-3.150, 
will announce planned meetings of the Department of Defense Wage 
Committee. The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may provide 
additional guidance on the submission of written statements that are in 
response to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in question.

    Dated: November 13, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2012-27923 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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