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Appointment of Special Government Employees (SGE)
SGE can be added to an advisory committee in several ways. One is by appointment, one is by contract and one is by use of the Advisory Committee Act. The strengths and weaknesses of the three options are described below.
For example, if the SGE is hired under a contract authority, then the SGE still is required to provide independent views to the agency. This is consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulations which prohibit agencies from entering into employer-employee relationships when entering into contracts for personal services.
By using a contract authority, it is clear that the SGE is hired to perform under the terms of the contract. However, since the contract is to procure services, it is subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulations.