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DOE - 445 - Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameBiological and Environmental Research Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number445
Original Establishment Date11/22/1983Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*26
Current Charter Date12/10/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Date Of Renewal Charter12/10/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tristram
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*West
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 903-5155
Effective Date Of Authority*11/22/1983Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-903-0567
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee addresses topical issues such as bioenergy, genomics, structural biology, biogeochemistry, and Earth system observation and modeling. The committee forms subcommittees, with DOE approval, of BERAC members and other scientists to address charges from the Director of the Office of Science and to review and make recommendations on current and future program plans and progress. Subcommittee draft reports are presented to the committee for discussion, modification, and approval. These reports review ongoing research programs from a broad programmatic point of view and examine opportunities for extending and improving programs.
How is membership balanced?*The composition of the membership is very broad and diverse, and reflects the multi-disciplinary program scope and interests of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The research areas covered include genomics, cellular and molecular biology, data management and analytics, environmental and Earth system sciences, and structural biology. Members come from public and private universities, Federal agencies, and private industry. Particular attention is paid to obtaining diverse membership with a balance of disciplines, interests, experiences, points of view and geography.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full committee meets at least two times a year. The meetings are very relevant and important to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The meetings serve as opportunities for information exchange between the full committee and the Office. Reports of subcommittees are discussed, modified, and approved or returned to the subcommittees for additional work. Changes and plans for the Office are presented and discussed. New and ongoing charges from the Director of the Office of Science are presented and discussed.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*No other committee exists within or outside of the DOE that has the breadth of knowledge and/or expertise needed to review the programs and plans of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research to address the Department's energy, environmental and science missions. Because the committee is dedicated to the Office, it has insights into the programs and their management that provide a sound and broad base from which to make its recommendations. In addition, the regular turnover of the membership brings fresh points of view to the committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksNone


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*518Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince January 2006, 31 reports have been issued covering all aspects of user facilities, research, planning, and program management for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. These reports contain more than 500 separate and distinct recommendations with individual reports having as few as three and as many as eighty recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll separate and distinct recommendations have been evaluated and considered and an estimated 85% or more have been implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAn attempt is always made to at least partially implement those recommendations that are not or cannot be fully implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Reports on progress and implementation made at subsequent Committee meetings and/or in writing are posted on the Committee website.Narrative Description*DOE's mission is to advance the energy, environmental, and nuclear security of the United States; promoting scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; sponsoring basic research in the physical sciences; and ensuring the environmental cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. The Department also has three strategic goals toward achieving its mission: 1)Science and Energy; 2)Nuclear Security; 3)Management and Performance. With respect to the Science and Energy strategic goal, DOE leads the nation in the transformational research, development, demonstration, and deployment of an extensive range of energy and efficiency technologies. The DOE world-leading research in physical, chemical, biological, environmental, and computational sciences contributes fundamental scientific discoveries and technological solutions that support the nation’s primacy in science and innovation. The committee ensures that BER supports a balanced and state-of-the-art research portfolio of research projects that contribute to all aspects of the DOE mission and impacting all strategic goals.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$6,889.25Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$6,900.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$95,332.20Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$100,000.00
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*$140,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$200.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$20,278.20Est. Other Costs Next FY*$160,000.00
Total Costs$122,499.65Est. Total Next FY*$417,100.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/30/2022 10:22 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est Cost RemarksCost estimate increased from FY22 as FY23 meetings will be planned to be in person and or hybrid which will increase costs to levels prior to FY2020 if not higher.
Cost RemarksCosts for FY22 were reduced due to no travel to meetings and no hotel contracts due to virtual meetings because of ongoing COVID restrictions.  
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Interest Areas

Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Natural Resources
Earth Sciences
Federal Government


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040093Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038067Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036351Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033553Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001357Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002827Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003598Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004959Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005565Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007098Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007796Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009265Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009886Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011247Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011656Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013029Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013498Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014920Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015533Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017107Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017395Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018960Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019341Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020750Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021312Health and Environmental Research Advisory Committee1997