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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNOAA Science Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2203
Original Establishment Date8/15/1997Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.sab.noaa.gov
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*~15
Current Charter Date6/26/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, NOAA Science Advisory Board
Date Of Renewal Charter6/26/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Cynthia
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Decker
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary's Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 734-1156
Effective Date Of Authority*8/15/1997Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-713-1459
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*cynthia.decker@noaa.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*NOAA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) assists the agency in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions, from forecasting weather to stewardship of the Nation's fisheries. The SAB is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (aka the NOAA Administrator) on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services, to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs. This purpose, as expressed in the SAB's charter, reflects the missions of the Agency and so better aligns the SAB with NOAA's needs. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that NOAA's science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB provides specific advice and recommendations on all aspects of NOAA's science programs and activities in areas the Board deems necessary or in response to specific requests by NOAA. The SAB makes these recommendations in the form of oral guidance, written reports, and communication to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.The SAB also conducts its business through the use of standing working groups. There are currently four standing working groups - Environmental Information Services; Ecosystem Sciences and Management; Data Archive and Access Requirements; and Climate.
How is membership balanced?*Consisting of eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers and educators, the diverse membership of the group assures expertise reflecting the full breadth of NOAA's responsibilities. Members are appointed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (aka the NOAA Administrator) to serve three year terms, with the possibility of renewing once. Members may serve until their replacements are appointed but do not have to do so. If a member remains on the Board past his/her completion date, language in the latest Charter indicates that this may only be done with approval of the NOAA Administrator and for a period of time not to exceed one year beyond the original appointment's completion date. This ensures that members have a clear time frame for rotating off the SAB. The term limits ensure that experts are moved on and off the Board in consistent fashion to ensure a diversity of opinions over time.The membership in FY2018 was diverse, including: eight academic researchers and science administrators, three consultants on national scientific matters; one member from non-academic, non-profit policy, research and education institution; two from industry; and one retired from state government (this reflects the total membership of 15, including those who resigned or rotated off during the fiscal year). The Board membership was composed of five females and ten males. Maintaining the diversity and professional balance of the Board membership continues to be a priority and a challenge in NOAA's evaluation and selection of new appointees.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NOAA SAB has approximately three in-person meetings per year, budget permitting, and teleconferences in between those. At all meetings, the Board considers topics that are current and relevant to the science and technology issues that are being addressed by researchers, educators, and agencies in conducting advanced atmospheric and oceanic research and in advancing NOAA forecasting and stewardship missions.Five meetings were held in FY2018, three in person and two virtual. Two in-person meetings were held in the Washington DC area; one meeting was held in New Hampshire. The topics for the meetings are solicited from the leadership of NOAA and from the Board members through a formal process. Meeting topics are selected based on needs expressed by either NOAA through such documents as the Annual Guidance Memorandum or by Board members based on their understanding of critical issues. When meetings are held outside of the Washington DC area, a focus is placed on regionally-important issues; this was the case at the New Hampshire meeting. In addition to topical issues, important elements of SAB meetings are updates from SAB working groups and the consideration and approval/ disapproval of their reports. This year, the SAB meetings focused on development of its first Work Plan. By the end of this FY, the SAB had approved a Work Plan with eight topics to consider. A ninth topic continues to be under negotiation with the NOAA leadership. This Work Plan may be found on the SAB website.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*NOAA's ability to carry out and continually improve its forecasting and stewardship missions depends on scientific and technological expertise that resides both within and outside the agency. NOAA must have access to the most advanced atmospheric and oceanic research and tap the best ideas for applying scientific breakthroughs to its mission. It must also be forward-looking, able to anticipate needs in coming years, and ensure that the agency is performing and funding research and education that will answer those future requirements. In managing NOAA's research, NOAA leadership must be able to base its decisions on the most recent developments in the broad areas of rapidly changing science and technology that underlie the agency's work. The SAB plays a critical role in affecting NOAA's strategic goals for long- and short-term improvement in environmental forecasting and stewardship by advising NOAA on ever-changing management, stewardship, and regulatory needs and on emerging science and technology. For that reason, the SAB in FY2018, per the new Concept of Operations adopted in 2016, developed a Work Plan to address these needs in a systematic fashion as requested by NOAA leadership.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A - No closed or partially closed SAB meetings have been held in FY2018.
Recommendation RemarksSubcommittee costs are included as part of the committee costs.
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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 ChangesYesAction 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 SatisfactionNoAction CommentAlthough NOAA has adjusted its science and technology priorities, including internal allocation of resources, the SAB recommendations do not typically address issues that require regulatory or legislative changes. The SAB does not provide advice on specific grant or contract allocations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*645Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no recommendations in FY 18. This was a transition year in NOAA leadership and the SAB spent its time engaging in discussions with the new leaders and developing its Work Plan in response to those discussions. SAB Working Groups were also awaiting the completion of the Work Plan to determine the direction of their own work.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*35.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations made by the Science Advisory Board prior to July 2002 continue to be collated and assessed to determine how many have been implemented. Recommendations by the SAB since July 2002 are being tracked by the SAB staff office to ensure that the Agency has provided a response. Many of the recommendations are of the nature that will take several years and thousands of dollars to implement. The agency is not always able to implement these fully but has made an effort to at least address these partially and provide explanations for why they are or are not yet fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAs per the previous explanation, full implementation of many of the recommendations would require significant changes to the agency programs and budget. This is not always feasible and so a number of the recommendations are only able to be partially implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentFederal Register notices.
Agency Feedback CommentThe agency works with the SAB Office to prepare formal responses to any and all recommendations made by the SAB. The agency has one year to provide a response back to the SAB after recommendations are provided to the agency. This response takes the form of a presentation at a public meeting of the SAB and a written report that is posted on the SAB website. In FY 2011, the SAB discussed the timeframe for NOAA responses. Some responses have taken up to three years to be received. The SAB was very concerned that this is too long. Further, the SAB discussed working with NOAA to revise the response requirement to one year or sooner if appropriate. The specific request for a quicker response will be made when recommendations are delivered to the NOAA Administrator. In FY2018, responses to three SAB reports from previous years were received - Local and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge; Emerging Technologies in Oceanographic Research, and High Arctic Research.Narrative Description*As the Science Advisory Board advises on all aspects with respect to science at NOAA, by its nature the SAB supports the agency's mission. To strengthen this connection, the SAB charter reflects the Agency's mission statement. The charter states that the first objective of the SAB is to: advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services, so as to better understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs. As NOAA has adjusted its strategic plan to reflect a One NOAA perspective through better cross-Line Office communication, the SAB charter aligns the advisory board to follow this cross-disciplinary perspective.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031651Strategy Synthesis Subcommittee2019
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001320NOAA Science Advisory Board2017
 COM-002918NOAA Science Advisory Board2016
 COM-003460NOAA Science Advisory Board2015
 COM-005069NOAA Science Advisory Board2014
 COM-005569NOAA Science Advisory Board2013
 COM-007233NOAA Science Advisory Board2012
 COM-007646NOAA Science Advisory Board2011
 COM-009419NOAA Science Advisory Board2010
 COM-009752NOAA Science Advisory Board2009
 COM-011304NOAA Science Advisory Board2008
 COM-011620NOAA Science Advisory Board2007
 COM-013201NOAA Science Advisory Board2006
 COM-013483NOAA Science Advisory Board2005
 COM-015107NOAA Science Advisory Board2004
 COM-015395NOAA Science Advisory Board2003
 COM-017054NOAA Science Advisory Board2002
 COM-017263NOAA Science Advisory Board2001
 COM-019000NOAA Science Advisory Board2000
 COM-019305NOAA Science Advisory Board1999
 COM-020970NOAA Science Advisory Board1998
 COM-021184NOAA Science Advisory Board1997
 COM-034298NOAA Science Advisory Board2018