H.R.1320

To amend the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency and accountability of Federal advisory committees, and for other purposes.

3/5/2009--Introduced.

Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2009 - Amends the Federal Advisory Committee Act to require appointments to advisory committees to be made without regard to political affiliation or activity, unless otherwise required by federal statute. Directs each agency head to: (1) ensure that no individual who has a conflict of interest is appointed, with an exception; (2) require that each individual to be appointed inform the agency of any actual or potential conflict; and (3) ensure that advisory committee reports are the result of the committee's independent judgment.

Requires: (1) the public disclosure of any conflict of interest; (2) the Director of the Office of Government Ethics to promulgate regulations defining "conflict of interest"; and (3) the Administrator of General Services to promulgate regulations to implement the Act.

Regards an individual who is not a full-time or permanent part-time officer or employee of the federal governmentas a committee member if the individual regularly attends and participates in meetings.

Requires public disclosure of: (1) charters of advisory committees; (2) the process used to establish and appoint committee members; (3) specified information about current members; (4) each committee's decision-making process; (5) transcripts or recordings of meetings; (6) determinations to close meetings; and (7) notices of future meetings. Requires agency heads to make such information available electronically within a specified time frame. Authorizes an agency to withhold information that would be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Requires the Administrator to provide electronic access to such information on the General Services Administration's (GSA's) Internet site.

Requires the Comptroller General to review and report on agency compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

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