August 9, 2017: The Trump administration has created several executive branch advisory groups to work on several governmental issues, including job training, environmental policy, voter fraud and United States transportation infrastructure. In fiscal year 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 287 committees advised the President and agencies, according to a Congressional Research Service report. That number gradually dropped from 460 in 1998, according to a presidential report to Congress on the issue. Presidents have been using advisory groups since George Washington appointed a committee to investigate the Whiskey Rebellion tax protest in 1794. Trump has created the Strategic and Policy Forum, comprised of business leaders and led by Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman of Blackstone, to develop his economic agenda. Trump established the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, made up of business executives and headed by Andrew Liveris, the chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, to develop a jobs plan. And he formed the American Technology Council to upgrade the federal workforce; it’s made up of government employees, and at least one of its working groups is made up of technology industry leaders.