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The President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) was authorized by Congress under the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (P. L. 102-194) and the Next Generation Internet Act of 1998 (P. L. 105-305) as a Federal Advisory Committee. The Committee provides the President, Congress, and the Federal agencies involved in networking and information technology research and development with expert, independent advice on maintaining America’s preeminence in advanced information technologies, including such critical elements of the national information technology infrastructure as high performance computing, large-scale networking, cyber security, and high assurance software and systems design. As part of this assessment, the PITAC reviews the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Comprising leading IT experts from industry and academia, the Committee helps guide the Administration’s efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies vital for American prosperity in the 21st century.

Executive Order 13385 assigned the role and responsibilities of PITAC to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Executive Orders relating to PITAC:

1997 – 2002:


2003 – June 2005: