Determine the authority for the committee
Determine your authority for the committee, whether:
- required by statute,
- required by the President or other Executive Direction, or
- established under the Secretary’s discretionary authority .
This requires a package to
- obtain the Secretary’s approval [ms-word]  and
- a Federal Register Notice [ms-word]  to advise the public that the committee is being created).
Design the committee
Start thinking about the committee in terms of:
- its duties and objectives
- the number of members
- what types of expertise will be required, or interests will be represented,
- whether the members shall serve as individual experts or as representatives of outside interest groups,
- how often the group will meet
- the agency official to whom the group will report,
- the office within the Department that will be responsible for housing the committee and for providing administrative services,
- whether that office will provide reimbursement for travel and expenses,
- the estimated annual cost of the committee, and person-hours of support,
- the duration of the committee (generally cannot be longer than two years).
Draft the charter
Using the decisions you made in the “design” phase, fill out the attached template charter [ms-word] .
Plan the membership
Develop a plan for balanced membership [pdf] .