Monday, April 6, 2009
DOE expands Fusion Energy Sciences program
Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
The Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) has been Chartered pursuant to Section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, and Section 101-6.1015, Title 41 Code of Federal Regulations. The committee provides independent advice to the Director of the Office of Science on complex scientific and technological issues that arise in the planning, implementation, and management of the Fusion Energy Sciences program. A new charter was signed in August 2007, and will be in effect for 2 years. The charter was modified on November 6, 2008. The substantive change in this revision is that the Secretary of Energy has delegated to the Under Secretary for Science the authority to nominate, appoint, renew the term of, and terminate the service of members of the Committee. In addition, the modified charter recognizes that the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration have recently implemented a joint program of research in the field of High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas. When the Committee is asked to deal with issues related to this joint program, it will do so in the manner described in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) attached to the Charter.