PTO Director Jon Dudas has opened nominations for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC). The PPAC is a group of nine individuals selected by the Commerce Secretary (on the advice of the PTO Director). The committee's purpose is to advise the PTO Director on the management of operations of the Office. The nine-member PPAC is on a three-year rotating schedule. Each year three new members are appointed.
Nominations for this year’s appointment may be sent to PPACnominations@uspto.gov. Although formal nominations are probably required, I’m sure that the Chief of Staff would not mind receiving some informal suggestions as well.