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David Mowery (University of California at Berkeley), Daniel Tellep (retired, Lockheed-Martin), and Robert Walker (The Wexler Group). The committee report will be reviewed in accordance with Academy procedures and will draw on the workshop discussion, but will not necessarily reflect any consensus reached during the workshop. C. § 1 et seq. R. 2977, signed into law on December 17, 1997 (FACA Amendments). The FACA Amendments exempted the Academy from most of the requirements of FACA, but added a new Section 15 that includes certain requirements regarding public access and conflicts of interest that are applicable to agreements under which the Academy, using a committee, provides advice or recommendations to a Federal agency.

A. Wulf appointed a five-member workshop steering committee,* chaired by Erich Bloch, President of the Washington Advisory Group. The committee met on January 12, 1999 to identify prospective workshop participants, structure the workshop agenda, review the draft background paper, and identify additional background materials for distribution to attendees in advance of the meeting. Following the workshop, the committee, with support from NAE staff, will prepare a brief report for delivery to the Chairman of the National Economic Council, the Director of the National Science Foundation, the heads of other interested agencies, and members of Congress.

He was drawn by the size of the prize and sustained for many years by research grants from the group administering the prize, the Board of Longitude. However, despite successful sea tests of his timepieces the Board never gave him the prize money—a step attributed by historians to the fact that over time the Board became dominated by astronomers who favored a rival, astronomy-based method of determining longitude. The longitude case illustrates both the ability of a large prize to draw serious proposals and the problems that can arise if the judges have conflicts of interest.

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