Jointly chartered since October 2000 by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), HEPAP reports both to DOE’s Office of High Energy Physics and the NSF’s Mathematical & Physical Sciences directorate under the guidelines established by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). DOE and NSF continue to work together to enhance ongoing U.S. leadership in the three frontiers of high energy physics. HEPAP’s activities include:
- periodic reviews of existing high energy physics programs
- providing advice on the formulation of long-range plans, priorities, and strategies for the nation’s high energy physics program
- recommending appropriate levels of funding to assure a world leadership position
- making recommendations to help maintain appropriate balance between competing elements of the program
Special attention is paid by both NSF and DOE to obtain a diverse membership with a balance of disciplines, interests, experiences, points of view, and geography. HEPAP operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA, Public Law 92-463; 92nd Congress, H.R. 4383; October 6, 1972) and all applicable FACA Amendments, Federal Regulations, and Executive Orders.
The Office of High Energy Physics seeks advice from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC), a FACA committee that serves the NSF, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and DOE. It advises all three organizations on selected issues within the fields of astronomy and astrophysics that are of mutual interest and concern. DOE participates in the selection of committee members. For more information about the AAAC, including membership, meetings, and reports, please go to the AAAC website by clicking on the link above.
When special situations require additional advice, the Office of High Energy Physics calls on NAS to produce reports such as Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics. The NAS was established by an act of Congress in 1863 and is charted to advise the government and any department thereof on the arts and sciences.