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DOC - 2013 - Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameManufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2022Committee 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 Date10/17/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Information Specialist, MEP
Date Of Renewal Charter10/17/2026Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Cheryl
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameLynn
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Gendron
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*by 15 U.S.C. § 278k(m)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 975-2785
Effective Date Of Authority*8/9/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-963-6556
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
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 15 U.S.C § 278k(m), in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 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. The diverse membership of the Committee assures perspectives reflecting the full breadth of the Committee’s responsibilities, and, where possible, the Department of Commerce will also consider the ethnicity, race, and gender diversity and various abilities of the United States population.
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?June 8, 2022's meeting was partially closed to the public in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)(4), because the meeting is likely to disclose trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and that are privileged or confidential. During the closed session, the Board received an update and initial findings from data analysis that was used to draft the MEP National NetworkTM 2023-2027 Strategic Plan, which contains confidential and proprietary information. The data analyzed includes Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Business Identifiable Information (BII) from MEP Centers’ clients as well as additional confidential material that is managed by an independent third party for privacy and proprietary sensitivities. This data has been used to provide vital criterion and selection of an architecture for the new 2023-2027 strategic plan.
Recommendation RemarksNotes on Meetings:
Meeting minutes for the September Meeting are currently being approved and will posted to the NIST MEP Website:

Notes on Members:
Three members left board service before term expirations and therefore each of their end dates were modified:
Peter Connolly resigned from the board based on a job change in September 2022.
Dr. Willie May resigned from the board in October 2021.
Kevin Heller resigned from the board in October 2021.


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*89Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe MEP Advisory Board recommendations for FY2022 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 the new 2023-2027 Strategic Plan with focus on three National Network primary goals: narrow the workforce gap, mitigate supply chain vulnerabilities and leverage technology, as well as discussions on proposed increases in program funding. Each recommendation 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 Comment*Written reports and verbal presentations at meetings.Narrative Description*The 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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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$97,647.03Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$133,132.65
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$29,466.06Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$90,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$4,808.88Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$21,600.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$35,134.80Est. Other Costs Next FY*$78,897.38
Total Costs$167,056.77Est. Total Next FY*$323,630.03
Date Cost Last Modified10/12/2022 11:21 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est Cost RemarksThe amount has been increased after evaluation of the costs for additional Board members added to the roster in 2022 with plans to add members in 2023. The increase also considers funding increases in travel and per diem expenses in direct correlation to post pandemic costs for travel, meeting space and audio-visual. An increased amount has also been requested in the charter renewal request package for 2022.
Cost RemarksThe board had hybrid and face to face meetings for two of the three meetings in FY2022; this resulted in the costs coming in below expected for FY2022. The NIST institutional support surcharge is included in the 'other' cost. The current MEP Charter signed on 10/18/18 is $225,000 and had a sufficient budget estimate to cover these charges for this year.  
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Interest Areas

Small Business


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040215Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2021
 COM-038001Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2020
 COM-035918Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2019
 COM-034319Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board2018
 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