(a) In general.--The Director shall establish and consult with an advisory council on transportation
(b) Function.--The advisory council established under this section shall advise the Director on--
(1) the quality, reliability, consistency, objectivity, and relevance of transportation
statistics and analyses collected, supported, or disseminated by the Bureau and the
(2) methods to encourage cooperation and interoperability of transportation data collected
by the Bureau, the operating administrations of the Department, States, local governments,
metropolitan planning organizations, and private sector entities.
(1) In general.--The advisory council shall be composed of not fewer than 9 and not more than 11
members appointed by the Director.
(2) Selection.--In selecting members for the advisory council, the Director shall appoint individuals
(A) are not officers or employees of the United States;
(B) possess expertise in--
(i) transportation data collection, analysis, or application;
(ii) economics; or
(iii) transportation safety; and
(C) represent a cross section of transportation stakeholders, to the greatest extent
(d) Terms of appointment.--
(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), members of the advisory council shall be appointed
to staggered terms not to exceed 3 years.
(2) Additional terms.--A member may be renominated for 1 additional 3-year term.
(3) Current members.--A member serving on an advisory council on transportation statistics on the day
before the date of enactment of the Transportation Research and Innovative Technology
Act of 2012 shall serve until the end of the appointed term of the member.
(e) Applicability of Federal Advisory Committee Act.--The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall apply to the advisory council
established under this section, except that section 14 of that Act shall not apply.
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