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Advisory Committee to the Director
Charter Summary


42 U.S.C. 285a-2(b)(7), section 413(b)(7) of the PHS Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.


The Committee shall consist of the Director, NCI; as Chair, the Chair, NCAB, the Chair, PCP, the Chairs of the BSCs, the Chair, BSA, the Chair, DCLG and nonvoting ex officio members: the Deputy Directors, NCI and the Director, Division of Extramural Activities, NCI. Any individual designated as Acting for any of those positions may serve as a full member of the Committee in the absence of permanent appointments to the named positions. None of these members serve as Representatives. A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of a majority of the appointed members. A quorum for each subcommittee shall be three members.

Members shall serve for the duration of their terms as Chair of their respective Committees.

As necessary, subcommittees may be established to perform functions within the Committee’s jurisdiction. The advice of a subcommittee must be deliberated by the parent advisory committee. A subcommittee may not report directly to a Federal official unless there is statutory authority to do so.

Subcommittee membership may be drawn in whole or in part from the parent advisory committee. All subcommittee members may vote on subcommittee actions and all subcommittee members count towards the quorum for a subcommittee meeting. Ad hoc consultants do not count towards the quorum and may not vote.

Subcommittee members who are not members of the parent committee may attend closed sessions of the parent committee meeting but they may not count towards the quorum of the parent committee and they cannot vote on committee actions.

The Department Committee Management Officer shall be notified upon establishment of each standing subcommittee and shall be provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings. Management and support services shall be provided by the Office of the Director, NCI, who shall also appoint an Executive Secretary.


The Committee shall advise and make recommendations to the Director, NCI, for the oversight and integration of various planning and advisory groups serving the broad programmatic and institutional objectives of the Institute. The Committee shall serve as the official channel through which the findings and recommendations emerging from these groups are submitted to the NCI. The Committee may consider the reports of the various review groups as informational, advisory, or as recommendations, and shall provide the NCI with assistance in identifying opportunities to be pursued within the areas of cancer research that cut across the intramural and extramural programs.

As necessary, at the call of the Chair, the Committee may call upon special consultants, assemble ad hoc working groups, and convene conferences and workshops. These consultants shall not be members of the Committee and shall not participate in any votes or other actions of the Committee.


Meetings shall be held approximately two times a year at the call of the Executive Secretary or other designated government official, with the advance approval of a Government official who shall also approve the agenda. A Government official shall be present at all meetings.

Meetings shall be open to the public except as determined otherwise by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with subsection (c) of section 552b of Title 5 U.S.C. Notice of all meetings shall be given to the public.

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