GSA Portal FACA Training Registration

GSA’s Committee Management Secretariat offers two Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) training courses: (1) an online FACA Fundamentals course (FACA 101); and (2) an Instructor-Led FACA Management Training course (FACA 201). The FACA 101 course is a fundamental course that can be taken by anyone with a .gov or .mil e-mail address, and is highly recommended for Federal officials who need a basic understanding of FACA or are interested in learning more about FACA. Successful completion of the FACA 101 course is a pre-requisite for enrolling in the FACA 201 course. The FACA 201 course is intended for Federal officials directly involved in managing Federal advisory committees, FACA and ethics legal staff, FACA support staff, and managers and decision makers involved in advisory committee management and/or operations. Enrollment in both courses is managed through an online registration process.

FACA Fundamentals Course (FACA 101)

This online course provides an overview of FACA, and includes fundamental information regarding: the policies that apply to Federal advisory committees established within the executive branch; how Federal advisory committees are established, renewed, re-established, and terminated; how Federal advisory committees are managed; Federal advisory committee meeting and record keeping procedures; and a brief description of some of the laws and other guidance that affects the establishment and management of Federal advisory committees. There is no fee for this course.

Audience for this Course:
This course is intended for Federal personnel in the FACA community, including executive branch officials who are: currently involved with an established Federal advisory committee; seeking to establish or utilize a Federal advisory committee; or pursuing or already engaged in, a form of public involvement or consultation and want to avoid inadvertently violating the Act; and field personnel of Federal agencies who are increasingly involved with the public as part of their efforts to increase interaction and improve customer service.

There are 6 lessons in this online course, and each lesson will take between 15 to 25 minutes to complete. You must complete each lesson in order to advance to the next lesson. You must also pass the End-of-Course Mandatory Test with a score of 75% in order to complete the course and receive your Certificate of Completion.

Instructor-Led FACA Management Training (FACA 201)

The FACA Management Training course is a two-day in-person curriculum of intensive interactive instruction in the origins of, the legal basis for, and the organizational, management and public environment involved in, the creation, operation, and maintenance of Federal advisory committees by executive branch departments and agencies.

This FACA course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the prescribed laws, rules, and regulations governing the various processes and procedures involved in authorizing, establishing, chartering, operating, and terminating advisory committees. The course is taught by an interagency team of FACA subject matter experts who also engage students with their own FACA experiences and best practices. Class size is limited to no more than 40 students per class. There is no fee for this course.

Audience for this Course:
The course is intended for Federal Committee Management Officers (CMO) and their staff, Designated Federal Officers (DFO), FACA and ethics legal staff, FACA support staff, and managers and decision makers involved in advisory committee management and/or operations.
The Class Agenda [PDF - 26 KB] (subject to change) may also be downloaded for your convenience.

2020 Class Dates/Locations: The FACA Management Training classes will be held at the General Services Administration, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405, Conference Room 1460/1461

March 16-17, 2020
May 18-19, 2020
June 8-9, 2020
August 24-25, 2020
November 16-17, 2020

The training class is two full days, starting at 8:30 a.m. sharp daily, and ending at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Prerequisite for this course:

Successful completion of FACA 101 is required for all classes.

Recommended Reading:

Students planning to take this course are encouraged to visit the Secretariat's Advice and Guidance page at to find links to various documents and background materials that will aid in the preparation and make the class that much more relevant. Students should also visit the Secretariat's Legislation and Regulation page and familiarize themselves with the FACA statute and the FACA Final Rule.

Special Accommodations:
For information on arrangements for students needing special accommodations, please contact Ms.Dove at with details at least three weeks prior to the class date.

Cancellation Policy:
If your plans change and you cannot attend this course, please return to: and sign back in using your email address to free up your seat for someone else by un-enrolling.

Register Online for all FACA Training Courses:
To register for a course please go to the following link: All first time users will have to enter their email address and the following password FACA!4all (only .gov and .mil e-mail addresses will be accepted). Once you enter this information you will have access to the enrollment form. The enrollment form is a one- time process which will require you to create a password. On return visits, you will only need to login and use the password you created. When you click on the submit button you will be redirected to a secure online registration page.

Last Reviewed: 2020-01-21