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HHS - 166 - National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Advisory Environmental Health Sciences CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number166
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*27
Current Charter Date11/30/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training
Date Of Renewal Charter11/30/2024Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Balshaw
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 284aDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(984) 287-3234
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*balshaw@niehs.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council is composed of both scientific and public members who provide the second level of peer review; advise on policy development, program implementation and evaluation; and identify research needs and opportunities for the Institute. The Council provided advice and approved concepts for new initiatives in the areas of: Maintaining and Enriching Environmental Epidemiology Cohorts to Support Workforce Diversity Concept (U24); NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative (NOSIs & RFAs); Oceans and Human Health (P01) and CCRP Initiative: Chemical Threat Agent Inhalational Exposure Research Resource (U2C).

The Council reviewed 840 applications requesting $400,267,518 that were reviewed by initial review groups for NIEHS.
How is membership balanced?*The National Advisory Environmental Health Council is composed of not more than 18 appointed members with relevant research interests and responsibilities paralleling those of the NIEHS. Two-thirds of the appointed members are scientists who are outstanding medical or scientific authorities knowledgeable in the fields of environmental health sciences, e.g., toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology, pathology, biochemistry, etc., and one-third of the appointed members are representatives of the general public with interests in public policy, health policy, law, management and economics.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are held not less than three times each fiscal year. The National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council provides advice on a continuing basis on the type of scientific research programs that should be supported and on how to carry out the designated mission of the Institute. It also provides a continuing review of the relevance and effectiveness of the existing programs. In FY22, the Council met 4 times (9/13/2022, 6/7/2022, 2/15/2022, and 11/29/2021).
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council is composed of both scientific and public members who provide the second level for research grant applications; advise on policy development, program implementation and evaluation; and research needs and opportunities of the Institute. The quality, scope, and balance of advice from this Council cannot be obtained from NIH staff or from other established sources because the membership of the Council is constituted to meet the specific requirements of the mandated mission of the Council and of the Institute.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council were partially closed to the public for the review of grant applications. Sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permit the closing of meetings where discussions could reveal confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material and personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - National Scientific and Advisory.

DFO and Committee Decision Maker positions are held by the same individual based on the assignment of responsibilities within this Institute. Dr. David Balshaw took over the role of Designated Federal Official/Executive Secretary for Dr. James Mastin in June 2022 after being appointed the Acting Director of the Division of Extramural Research and Training.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports during this fiscal year.

Administrative Extensions - Five members (Drs. Wright, Parker, Tanguay, Racette and Korfmacher) were administratively extended to May 29, 2022 as permitted by the authorizing statute.

Ex Officio, Gary Ellison, was reported in the FY21 report; his end date was incorrectly listed. His term ended 1/24/2021.

The term end date for Dr. Francis Collins was changed from 12/31/2021 to 12/19/2021 as it accurately reflects his official date of departure from the NIH.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAn action of approved or recommended for grants receiving review by this does not infer that the grant will be or has been funded. Research grant applications submitted to NIH must go through a two-step review process that includes the initial peer review for scientific and technical merit and a second step of review and approval by a National Advisory Council that includes program relevance. In addition, prior to an award or funding being made, NIH staff must conduct an administrative review for a number of other considerations. These include alignment with NIH's funding principles, review of the project budget, assessment of the applicant's management systems, determination of applicant eligibility, and compliance with public policy requirements. After all these steps have been completed, NIH officials make funding decisions on individual grant applications.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed840
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended840
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$400,267,518.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*20,157Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council reviewed 840 applications requesting $400,267,518.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov. Due to the complexity of the recommendations made by this committee on policy and programs, staff is unable to determine which recommendations have been fully or partially implemented soley in response to this committee's activities.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov. Due to the complexity of the recommendations made by this committee on policy and programs, staff is unable to determine which recommendations have been fully or partially implemented soley in response to this committee's activities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Information is provided to the public at the open session of each Council meeting through reports and the Director’s update. The public can view information related to the Council through the council’s official website.Narrative Description*The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering communication of medical and health sciences information. Section 492 of the Public Health Service Act states that The Secretary...shall by regulation, require appropriate technical and scientific peer review of -(A) applications...;(B)...biomedical and behavioral research and development contracts... The National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council provides second level peer review, makes recommendations for support of grants, contract proposals, and cooperative agreements; advises on policy development, program implementation and evaluation; and research needs of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$15,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$15,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$14,196.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$14,196.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$335,617.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$297,849.00
Payments to Consultants*$4,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$4,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$19,447.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
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*$2,334.00
Other Costs$45,107.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$45,559.00
Total Costs$413,920.00Est. Total Next FY*$398,385.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/13/2022 5:41 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.90
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.10Est Cost RemarksProjected costs for FY23 were increased in the event that in-person/hybrid meetings
resume.

Federal Members: Daily salary costs have been estimated for Ex Officio members of this committee. The dollar figure represents a portion of their annual salary. No funds have been transferred between the committee and the agency. No additional funds are paid to Federal employees due to membership on this committee.
Cost RemarksFederal Members: Daily salary costs have been estimated for Ex Officio members of this committee. The dollar figure represents a portion of their annual salary. No funds have been transferred between the committee and the agency. No additional funds are paid to Federal employees due to membership on this committee. Although 7 current Ex officio members are identified in the member section, only 5 attended meetings during the fiscal year.

There is a slight difference in costs between FY21 and FY22. In FY22, there was a transition of DFOs and multiple oversight. Meetings were held virtually in FY22 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Environment
Environmental Issues
Medicine
Health and Health Research
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040318National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2021
 COM-038601National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2020
 COM-036474National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2019
 COM-034673National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2018
 COM-001633National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2017
 COM-002374National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2016
 COM-004058National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2015
 COM-004472National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2014
 COM-005872National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2013
 COM-006542National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2012
 COM-008015National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2011
 COM-008865National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2010
 COM-010348National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2009
 COM-010679National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2008
 COM-012130National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2007
 COM-012882National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2006
 COM-014015National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2005
 COM-014459National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2004
 COM-015946National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2003
 COM-016558National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2002
 COM-017625National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2001
 COM-018512National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council2000
 COM-019896National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council1999
 COM-020410National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council1998
 COM-021648National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council1997