Security Council Executive Order 13260
Executive Order Establishing the President's Homeland
Security Advisory Council and Senior Advisory Committees for Homeland
By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is
hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. President's Homeland Security Advisory
(a) Establishment and Membership. I hereby establish
the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council (PHSAC). The
PHSAC shall be composed of not more than 21 members appointed by
the President. In addition, the Chair and the Vice Chair of the
National Infrastructure Advisory Council; the Chairman of the President's
National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee; and the
Chair of the Panel on the Science and Technology of Combating Terrorism,
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, shall
serve as ex officio members of the PHSAC. The appointed members
of the PHSAC shall be selected from the private sector, academia,
professional service associations, federally funded research and
development centers, nongovernmental organizations, State and local
governments, and other appropriate professions and communities.
(b) Chair and Vice Chair. The President shall designate
a Chair and Vice Chair from among the appointed members of the PHSAC.
(c) Senior Advisory Committees. (i) Establishment
and Membership. The following four Senior Advisory Committees for
Homeland Security (SACs) are hereby established to advise the PHSAC:
(1) State and Local Officials; (2) Academia and Policy Research;
(3) Private Sector; and (4) Emergency Services, Law Enforcement,
and Public Health and Hospitals. Each SAC shall generally be composed
of not more than 17 members selected by the Assistant to the President
for Homeland Security (Assistant). The President may establish additional
SACs as appropriate, consistent with this order
(ii) Chairs and Vice Chairs. The Assistant shall
from time to time designate a Chair and Vice Chair for each of the
SACs from among the PHSAC's members.
(iii) Subcommittees. The Chair of each SAC, in consultation
with the PHSAC, may as appropriate establish subcommittees to advise
Sec. 2. Functions. The PHSAC shall meet
periodically at the Assistant's request to:
(a) provide advice to the President through the Assistant
on developing and coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive
national strategy to secure the United States from terrorist threats
(b) recommend to the President through the Assistant
ways to improve coordination, cooperation, and communication among
Federal, State, and local officials and private and other entities,
and provide a means to collect scholarly research, technological
advice, and information concerning processes and organizational
management practices both inside and outside of the Federal Government;
(c) provide advice to the President through the Assistant
regarding the feasibility of implementing specific measures to detect,
prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from
terrorist threats or attacks within the United States;
(d) examine, and advise the President through the
Assistant on, the effectiveness of the implementation of specific
strategies to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond
to, and recover from terrorist threats or attacks within the United
(e) report periodically, as appropriate, to the President
through the Assistant on matters within the scope of the PHSAC's
functions as described in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section.
Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) Upon the request of the Chair of the PHSAC, through
the Assistant, and to the extent permitted by law, the heads of
executive departments and agencies shall provide the PHSAC with
such information relating to homeland security matters as the PHSAC
may need for the purpose of carrying out its functions.
(b) The PHSAC shall have an Executive Director selected
by the Assistant.
(c) Members shall serve without compensation for their
work on the PHSAC, the SACs, and any subcommittees thereof. However,
members shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently
in Federal Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
(d) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to
the availability of appropriations, the Office of Administration
shall provide the PHSAC with administrative support and with such
funds as may be necessary for the performance of the PHSAC's functions.
Sec. 4. General Provisions.
(a) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act,
as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (Act), may apply to the administration
of any portion of this order, any functions of the President under
that Act, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed
by the Administrator of General Services in accordance with the
guidelines that have been issued by the Administrator.
(b) The PHSAC, any SACs, and any SAC subcommittees
shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order unless extended
by the President.
George W. Bush,
The White House,
March 19, 2002.
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