FASEB Policy on Committee and Task Force Establishment

Approved by the Executive Committee February 13, 2020

Committees

Standing/Permanent Committees

The following committees are standing/permanent committees as they are required by the FASEB bylaws:

  1. Executive Committee
  2. Finance Committee
  3. Executive Officers Advisory Committee
  4. Science Policy Committee

The charge for each permanent committee is defined by the bylaws. Permanent committees shall have committee charters that include the elements described below.

Other Committees

The bylaws allow the Federation Board to appoint and determine the composition and authority of permanent committees and other committees and task forces as it deems necessary. Examples of these committees include Publications and Communications, Excellence in Science, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Any FASEB officer or member of the board may propose the formation of a new committee. A proposal must include a committee charter.

Any committee not required by the bylaws may be disbanded by a majority vote of the Federation Board.

Committee Charter Elements

  • Committee charge
  • Committee objectives – committee objectives should be significant and ongoing
  • Proposed membership (not specific individuals, rather constituent type – board member, executive officer, staff member, etc.)
  • Member selection process – the Board seeks to include the broad diversity of the biological and biomedical sciences. Biographic and demographic diversity is important and should be considered as an overarching goal when selecting FASEB committee members.
  • Proposed member term length and ability to renew

Committee Leadership

Where committee chair/vice chair is not provided for in the bylaws, the Federation Board shall approve committee chairs and vice chairs.


Task Forces

At times, the Federation Board may need to address short-term and/or special projects. In these instances, the Board may propose the formation of a task force. Recent examples of FASEB task forces include membership strategy and bylaws.

Any FASEB officer or member of the board may propose the formation of a new task force. A proposal must include a task force charter.

Task Force Charter Elements

  • Charge
  • Objectives – task force objectives should be specific and achievable within a stated timeframe
  • Chair
  • Vice chair
  • Membership (not specific individuals, rather constituent type – board member, executive officer, staff member, etc.)
  • Member selection process - the Board seeks to include the broad diversity of the biological and biomedical sciences. Biographic and demographic diversity is important and should be considered as an overarching goal when selecting FASEB task force members.
  • Proposed timeline for completion of task force objectives

Subcommittees

Committees may determine the composition and authority of subcommittees necessary to fulfill their objectives. Committee chairs shall notify the Federation Board when subcommittees are formed. Notification shall include the subcommittee charge.