The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is the sole body of advisors from outside the federal government charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President and the White House. Established by Executive Order, it is an independent Federal Advisory Committee comprised of distinguished individuals from industry, academia, and non-profit organizations with a range of perspectives and expertise. PCAST develops evidence-based recommendations for the President on matters involving science, technology, and innovation policy, as well as on matters involving scientific and technological information that is needed to inform policy affecting the economy, worker empowerment, education, energy, the environment, public health, national and homeland security, racial equity, and other topics.
CAIDP Statement to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), May 14, 2023 (excerpts)
We are responding to the White House notice posted yesterday “PCAST Working Group on Generative AI Invites Public Input.” We are providing a preliminary response for your public session next week, and we have established a webpage to track the work of the Working Group. We will later provide a more detailed response to the specific questions raised in the White House notice.
In advance of the public session next week, we ask you to:
Promoting Public Participation
A call for public comment should not be treated lightly.
"The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) governs the operation of federal advisory committees and emphasizes public involvement through open meetings and reporting. Meetings must be announced in the Federal Register. Reports, transcripts, working papers, and other materials made available to or prepared for or by the committees must be made available to the public."
From the Act: