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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameStrategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number437
Original Establishment Date11/5/1990Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date9/4/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, SERDP
Date Of Renewal Charter9/4/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Herb
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority10 U.S.C. 2904Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Nelson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. 2904Designated Federal Officer Phone*571-372-6400
Effective Date Of Authority*11/5/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*herb.h.nelson10.civ@mail.mil
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The SERDP Scientific Advisory Board responsibilities, as prescribed by Title 10, U.S.C., Section 2904 and modified by the SERDP Council, are to: review proposed research projects equal to, or in excess of, $1 million, however, the Council, in an effort to enhance the Board's review process, subsequently lowered the Board's dollar threshold to any proposed research projects in excess of $900,000, and make recommendations to the SERDP Council regarding the projects reviewed; assist and advise the Council in identifying environmental data and provide analytical assistance within the scope of SERDP; make recommendations to the Council regarding technologies, research, projects, programs, activities, and if appropriate, funding within the scope of Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program; provide additional advisory support as directed by the Council and develop procedures for accomplishing these responsibilities. During this fiscal year, the Scientific Advisory Board reviewed and made recommendations on twenty eight proposed projects to the Council.
How is membership balanced?*Title 10, U.S.C. Section 2904 requires the joint appointment of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with Administrator of the EPA, or their designee, thereby ensuring a membership that meets the approval of all principal participating Agencies. Equitable representation between scientists and engineers, and representing women and minority groups was a principal consideration.Membership includes: The designee of the Science Advisor to the President; the designee of the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; nomination(s) from the Heads of National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institutes of Medicine; nomination(s) from the Council on Environmental Quality, representing environmental public interest groups; and nomination(s) from the National Association of Governors, representing the interests of State governments.As members leave the Board, the membership is reviewed to identify areas of expertise that may require new members in order to maintain a balanced membership. With the exception of the permanent Board members, Board members, are appointed from eminent individuals in the fields of basic sciences, engineering, ocean and environmental sciences, education, research management, international and security affairs, health physics, health sciences, or social sciences, with due regard given to the equitable representation of scientists and engineers who are women or who represent minority groups.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are conducted a minimum of four times a year, in accordance with the statute, to assist the SERDP Council to make annual programmatic and policy decisions. This is the minimum number of meetings necessary to allow sufficient time for the Board to review of all the projects being considered for funding during a fiscal year prior to making a recommendation to the Council.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. 2904) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish this committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines the items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Logistics, and only after consultation with the Office of the DoD GC.
Recommendation RemarksThe agency did not hold any meeting in FY2019. Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2904, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) requires a minimum of 6 members.

Members nominated by the Heads of National Academy of Science the National Academy of Engineering and Institutes of Medicine. Membership of National Academies of Science (NAS) members has fallen to 2. The NAS have nominated members yearly but the appointment process has stalled due to a freeze in the appointment process.

Member nominated from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), representing environmental public interest groups. This member's appointment ends in September of 2019 and CEQ has not yet identified a replacement.

Ex-officio member status: By statute the SERDP SAB is required to have as a member, the designee of the Science Advisor to the President. This office has not yet been able to offer a replacement for the last member who left the board in January of 2017. The statue also requires a member assigned the designee of the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This member has been established and remains available to the board.

The committee does not issue any specific report; their recommendations are contained within their meeting minutes, which are provided to the decision maker.

Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2904, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) reports to the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Council.

SERDP does not have any subcommittees.

Much of the support for the committee is done by contractors reducing the amount of FTEs necessary.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Program decided not to fund a project, eliminated specific tasks, delayed starting a project pending receipt of additional information or decreased funding amount and started the project as a study.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe SAB makes recommendations regarding technologies, research, projects, program, activities, and if appropriate, funding within the scope of the SERDP. Their collective knowledge and expertise assures that SERDP is pursuing research that addresses high-priority requirements and fosters technology transfer. Their thorough review and evaluation of proposals, in addition to the Peer Review Panels, assists the Program in identifying cooperative research efforts that demonstrate the highest standards of technical and scientific quality. The Board plays a proactive role in identifying and defining environmental research gaps and associated technology development opportunities.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentIt is difficult to put an actual dollar amount on the savings, as their contributions are significant in assisting in identifying the most effective methods, potentially beneficial research efforts, highest quality technical and scientific research, collaborative efforts, and technology transfer opportunities.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,202Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentA recommendation is made by the SAB on each project reviewed during each fiscal year.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe projects are rebriefed with the SAB recommendations incorporated, or the staff provides a written or verbal report with the issues addressed.Narrative Description*The SERDP Scientific Advisory Board's (SAB) collective expertise and experience, assures that the Program maintains clear focus on technical and scientific quality and the environmental needs of the DoD. The SAB reviews all new start and continuing projects with a value in excess of $900,000 to ensure technical quality and fiscal responsibility. Furthermore, the SAB assures that multiple projects responding to the same or similar requirements are complementary in approach and well coordinated.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$5,664.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$5,051.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$23,486.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$24,134.56
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$3,390.08
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$10,102.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$24,561.00
Total Costs$15,153.00Est. Total Next FY*$81,235.64
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.02Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.05
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033048Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2018
 COM-001426Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2017
 COM-002972Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2016
 COM-003568Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2015
 COM-005014Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2014
 COM-005660Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2013
 COM-007179Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2012
 COM-007763Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2011
 COM-009375Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2010
 COM-009831Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2009
 COM-011267Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2008
 COM-011702Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2007
 COM-013126Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2006
 COM-013516Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2005
 COM-015027Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2004
 COM-015430Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2003
 COM-017127Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2002
 COM-017397Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2001
 COM-018952Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2000
 COM-019224Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1999
 COM-020863Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1998
 COM-021213Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1997