The Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy shall jointly establish an Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the “Advisory Committee”).
Initial selections under subsection (c) shall be made within 3 months after December 19, 2002. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as provided in subsection (c).
The Advisory Committee shall coordinate with other Federal advisory committees that advise Federal agencies that engage in related research activities.
The members of the Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation, but shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5.
The Advisory Committee shall convene, in person or by electronic means, at least 4 times a year.
A majority of the members serving on the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum for purposes of conducting the business of the Advisory Committee.
Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act shall not apply to the Advisory Committee.