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Committee NameExpert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance ProgramAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number10733
Original Establishment Date10/30/2000Committee StatusAdministratively Inactive
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date2/4/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*none
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Currently no
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*DFO
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Public Law 106-390, Section 205e(3)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) -
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*none
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email* 
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusPending
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The objective of the Panel is to evaluate and report to Congress on the Public Assistance (PA) program’s methodology for estimating the cost of repairing, restoring, reconstructing, or replacing a public facility or private nonprofit facility:a. on the basis of the design of the facility as the facility existed immediately before the disaster; andb. in conformity with codes, specifications, and standards (including floodplain management and hazard mitigation criteria required by the President or under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (16 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.)) applicable at the time at which the disaster occurred.The Panel shall make recommendations to the Director concerning:a. procedures for estimating the cost of repairing, restoring, reconstructing, or replacing a facility consistent with industry practices; andb. reasonable floor and ceiling percentages related to the estimated cost.In carrying out its responsibilities, the Panel shall:a. Review the Cost Estimating Format for Large Projects (CEF) materials and determine if the CEF methodology is appropriate for the PA program.b. Determine what level of technical expertise is required to uniformly apply the recommended estimating methodology and instrument to maximize their accuracy and national applicability.Subsequent to completing the Evaluation Phase of the charter and taking into account the recommendations of the expert panel, FEMA shall promulgate regulations that establish the cost estimation procedures and the ceiling and floor percentages referred to above.Thereafter, the Panel will enter its Reporting Phase, and will meet not later than one year after the date of promulgation of regulations by FEMA, three years after that date and at the end of each two-year period. The purpose of these meetings is to conduct an examination of the appropriateness of the cost estimation procedures developed during the meetings conducted in fiscal year 2001, and to prepare and submit a report to Congress on the Panel’s findings.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the panel includes organizational representatives from the construction industry, state and local government, academia, and the National Emergency Management Association, as required by the statute.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*This committee is currently administratively inactive.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The current process of reimbursing actual costs keeps the large projects open for many years, and makes it very difficult to project the amount of funding that will be required for any given project or disaster. The establishment of realistic triggers for large infrastructure projects involving permanent restorative work will result in more transparency when estimating discretionary costs and better reporting of fiscal exposures. We expect the Expert Panel process will result in more meaningful programmatic controls and economics (i.e., better allocation of otherwise scarce resources).This committee is essential as it provides experts in the architectural/engineering professions to advise on estimating costs for reimbursement to States for infrastructure related damages from Presidentially declared disasters. Advice of the committee is not available from other sources because Congress has stipulated which sources should be used for the establishment of the panel.
Why close or partially close meetings?Committee meetings are not closed and comments from members of the general public in attendance are welcome at the end of the meeting day.
Recommendation RemarksThis committee has not met since due to the statutory requirement to develop proposed estimating eligible costs regulations after completion of the Evaluation Phase of the FACA Charter, and is currently adminstratively inactive. The committee will resume meetings after regulations are published.

The Panel shall function on a continuing basis in accordance with the authorizing statute unless terminated by appropriate legislative authority.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentNANarrative Description*This committee did not meet in FY19 and continues to await a legislative change to terminate.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032841Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2018
 COM-001279Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2017
 COM-003006Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2016
 COM-003394Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2015
 COM-005116Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2014
 COM-005504Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2013
 COM-007297Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2012
 COM-007630Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2011
 COM-009432Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2010
 COM-009718Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2009
 COM-011339Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2008
 COM-011563Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2007
 COM-013203Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2006
 COM-013439Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2005
 COM-015127Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2004
 COM-015314Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2003
 COM-016649Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2002
 COM-017770Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program2001