Users’ Advisory Group (UAG)
The Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) is a federal advisory committee comprised of experts from outside the United States Government (USG) created as part of the National Space Council (NSpC). The NSpC is an Executive Branch interagency coordinating committee chaired by the Vice President, which is tasked with advising and assisting the President on national space policy and strategy. UAG members provide counsel on any and all space policy issues. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sponsored the UAG on behalf of the NSpC since 2018.
The UAG formally meets publicly up to three times a year. Deliberative meetings are open to the public. Fact-finding meetings continue throughout the year, and are closed to the public. Members are not compensated for their service, although the sponsor does provide logistics, travel, and per diem support.
The UAG consists of not more than 30 members who serve as Special Government Employees (individual subject matter experts or consultants) or Representatives (representing industry, other non-Federal entities, and other recognizable groups of persons involved in aeronautical and space activities). Candidates may not be a regular Federal government employee, and must not be registered by the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FAR), 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq. Additionally, a candidate for a Special Government Employee appointment must not be federally registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1602, as amended.
Persons or organizations may nominate individuals for consideration as potential members of the UAG. Interested candidates may also self-nominate.
To complete this process, NASA requests that all interested persons or organizations submit a single email attaching the cover letter, resume (including contact information for the individual), and/or professional biography to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each document must not exceed one page. The cover letter must be a signed letter saved as a PDF file, indicate the category of membership for which the individual is being nominated (“Representative” or “Special Government Employee”), and contain an affirmative statement that the individual meets all aforesaid requirements. Cover letters for Representative nominations must also indicate why the individual should be considered for membership, and be on the supporting organization’s letterhead. Hard copies such as paper documents sent through postal mail will not be accepted.
Please have your nominations submitted by 27 September 2021.