The TGDC has been chartered by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) (pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)) to provide recommendations on voluntary standards and guidelines related to voting equipment and technologies. It is composed of fourteen members selected from various standards boards and for their technical and scientific expertise related to voting systems and equipment. NIST chairs and manages the TGDC.
As part of its development of new voting standards, NIST consults with TGDC subcommittees and holds regular subcommittee teleconferences and periodic TGDC meetings. TGDC meetings and presentations, along with related NIST work material are open to the public. The public may submit comments to the TGDC, and may view other public comments and position statements submitted to the TGDC.