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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer InstituteAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number25160
Original Establishment Date11/4/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/bsc/bs/bs.htm
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date9/27/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Institute Review Office
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mehrdad
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Tondravi
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 USC 284(c)(3)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 276-5660
Effective Date Of Authority*11/4/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*(240) 276-7912
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*tondravim@mail.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*This Committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide evaluation and peer review of Institute laboratories and staff scientists in the Center for Cancer Research.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of up to thirty members, including the Chair, appointed by the Director, NCI, from authorities knowledgeable in the fields of laboratory, clinical and biometric research; clinical cancer treatment; cancer etiology; and cancer prevention and control with emphasis on training and experience in the various disciplines and fields related to scientific areas relevant to carcinogenesis; cancer biology and diagnosis; cancer chemotherapy; cancer epidemiology, cancer education; cancer information services; biological, chemical and physical carcinogenesis; DNA repair; tumor biology and immunology; humoral and cellular immunity; hematopoiesis; cell differentiation and transformation; oncogenes and growth factors; cell signaling; molecular and structural biology; genetic regulation; genetics; genomics; proteomics; viral oncology; vaccine development; transplantation; chemotherapy; pharmacology; drug development and developmental therapeutics; genetic and immunotherapies; pathology; diagnostic research and cytogenetics; biological response modifiers; imaging; survey research; biostatistics; psychology and behavioral medicine; public health and community oncology; cancer detection and diagnosis; cancer treatment and restorative care; nutrition; education of health professionals; medical oncology; gynecologic oncology; and pediatric oncology.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board of Scientific Counselors – Basic holds approximately three formal meetings each year for the peer review of intramural laboratories on a rotating basis as required by the PHS Act. The Board met three times during the FY 2019 reporting period. Meetings were held on November 5, 2018, March 11, 2019, and July 8, 2019. The Board meets to discuss the overall program review of all Laboratories and Branches. Special site visit teams met six times to review and evaluate the program of individual laboratories and branches and advise on budget, staffing, and program strengths and weaknesses. Site Visit Dates: 10/22-24/2018, 11/14-16/2018, 3/20-22/2019, 4/24-25/2019, 6/19-21/2019, and 9/9-11/2019.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Board is composed of recognized biomedical and behavioral research authorities from outside the NIH in order to secure unbiased and objective evaluations of intramural research programs. Their recommendations are invaluable because of the complex nature of research in each laboratory requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available at NIH or from other established sources. This advice is essential for the effective management of this Institute's intramural research programs.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of this Board were closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual programs and projects conducted by the Divisions including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, the competence of individual investigators, and similiar items, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Section 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits the closing of meetings where discussion could reveal personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksOther: Scientific and Technical Peer Review.

Reports: This committee did not produce any public reports.

Members: The terms for Jonathan Karn and Sergio Lira has changed due to a reappointment. As such, his term of service end date is different than what was reported on the FY18 ACR. Martin McMahon was appointed as the chair.. As such, his designation as a member was changed to chair.

Costs: The increase in operating costs in FY19 were due to an increase in the number of site visit participants.

The DFO and Committee Decision Maker positions are held by the same individual because of the assignment of responsibilities within the Institute.
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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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH/NCI officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of the intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. As a result, all the Laboratories/Branches site visited in this fiscal year were either continued, expanded or closed.
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 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 CommentAlthough grant reviews are included in the duties of this Board, there were no grant reviews performed during this fiscal year.
Number Of Recommendations*405Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAll the Laboratories/Branches site visited in this fiscal year were either continued, expanded or closed.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe percentage of recommendations implemented stated above was developed at the time the Annual Comprehensive Review report was prepared. Additional information 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.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe percentage of recommendations implemented stated above was developed at the time the Annual Comprehensive Review report was prepared. Additional information 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.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Division Director provides a follow-up report to the Board for every Lab/Branch/Principal Investigator that was site visited in the fiscal year and the specific action taken as a result of the Board recommendations.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. Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.”
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$21,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$21,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$574,102.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$585,010.00
Payments to Consultants*$59,300.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$59,300.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$57,496.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$57,834.00
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*$112,830.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$113,491.00
Other Costs$8,614.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$8,701.00
Total Costs$833,342.00Est. Total Next FY*$845,336.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*3.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*3.30
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-002032Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2017
 COM-002632Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2016
 COM-004016Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2015
 COM-004475Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2014
 COM-006184Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2013
 COM-006934Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2012
 COM-008369Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2011
 COM-008740Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2010
 COM-010269Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2009
 COM-010709Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2008
 COM-012069Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2007
 COM-012554Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2006
 COM-013909Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2005
 COM-034692Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute2018