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Committee NameManufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2013
Original Establishment Date10/22/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date10/18/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Information Specialist, MEP
Date Of Renewal Charter10/18/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Cheryl
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Gendron
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 114-329, Sec. 501(b)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 975-2785
Effective Date Of Authority*8/9/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-963-6556
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The MEP Advisory Board is authorized under Section 3003(d) of the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, P.L. 114-329 sec. 501 (2017), and codified at 15 U.S.C. § 278k(m), in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. The purpose of the Board is to provide advice on MEP's program, plans and policies, to assess MEP's plans and strategies, and to assess current performance against program plans. The committee accomplishes this through informational briefings by MEP staff and external presenters at regular Board meetings. External presenters often include program stakeholders and partners as well as experts on manufacturing trends and challenges. These meetings are often held in conjunction with other MEP National Network events to provide Board members the opportunity to interact with representatives from individual MEP centers. These interactions provide the Board with the perspectives and feedback from a key stakeholder group.
How is membership balanced?*The membership consists of individuals broadly representing the program's stakeholders. At least two members serve on advisory boards for MEP centers. At least 5 members represent small manufacturing establishments. At least 1 member represents a community college. Additional members represent stakeholders involved in industrial extension through academia, technology deployment, and workforce activities. MEP actively seeks nominations for Board members from partners, MEP centers and other stakeholders.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board meets at least biannually, but usually three times each year. Additional meetings may be called by the NIST Director. These meetings are often held in conjunction with other MEP-National Network events to provide Board members the opportunity to interact with representatives from individual MEP centers. These interactions provide the Board with the perspectives and feedback from a key stakeholder group.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board provides the critical advisory role necessary for a program focused on the needs of the manufacturing industry, in particular smaller manufacturers. The Board provides a key role by assessing the performance of the program against its plans and strategies and provides advice on policy, long-term strategy, and program implementation. Only an external Board with a membership firmly planted in the multiple dimensions of industrial extension could provide this needed feedback.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksN/A


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe MEP Advisory Board provides guidance on the prioritization of program activities and initiatives as well as advice on the allocation of new resources. The Board is one of several stakeholder groups MEP seeks input and feedback from when considering these decisions.
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 CommentN/AGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*48Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe MEP Advisory Board recommendations for FY2018 focused on areas for MEP to strengthen the network through continued improvements to board governance, guidance and advice on current activities related to the 2017-2022 MEP National Network Strategic Plan, input to NIST on supply chain development with an emphasis on defense suppliers, in order to strengthen the defense industrial base, and recommendations on the development of research and performance metrics to support and enrich MEP Center evaluation. Each includes the development of implementation plans which have a number of tasks included in the plans, but each was not counted as a separate recommendation.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*65.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Board made progress and reported on these objectives creating detailed implementation plans which have a number of tasks detailed in the publicly available meeting minutes posted on the MEP website: GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*35.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentWritten reports and verbal presentations at meetings.Narrative Description*The NIST MEP Advisory Board provides guidance and advice on the MEP program from the perspective of manufacturers and manufacturing stakeholder groups. They provide input and guidance on the direction of the MEP program with a focus on growth services, technology acceleration, workforce development and expanded partnerships.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001286Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2017
 COM-002966Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2016
 COM-003477Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2015
 COM-005077Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2014
 COM-005562Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2013
 COM-007211Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2012
 COM-007645Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2011
 COM-009417Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2010
 COM-009734Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2009
 COM-011281Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2008
 COM-011580Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2007
 COM-013144Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2006
 COM-013442Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2005
 COM-015069Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2004
 COM-015362Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2003
 COM-017132Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2002
 COM-017310Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2001
 COM-018996Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board2000
 COM-019233Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board1999
 COM-020945Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board1998
 COM-021152Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board1997
 COM-034319Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2018