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Committee NameNational Sea Grant Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number100
Original Establishment Date8/14/1967Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date8/9/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter8/9/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Elizabeth
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rohring
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*33 U.S.C. 1121 et.seq. P.L. 94-461Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 734-1082
Effective Date Of Authority*10/8/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301)-713-1031
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusPending
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Sea Grant Advisory Board generally meets in-person twice annually and by conference call as necessary to consider reports from the Advisory Board working groups. The Advisory Board has responsibility to advise on the performance of the National Sea Grant College Program, the status of Sea Grant programs, and the implementation of Planning, Implementation and Evaluation system.
How is membership balanced?*The current membership is balanced to meet the legislative requirement that. Not less than 8 of the voting members of the advisory Board are individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields included in marine science. The other voting members are individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in, or representative of, education, marine affairs and resource management, extension services, State government, industry, economics, planning, or any other activity which is appropriate to, and important for, any effort to enhance the understanding, assessment, development, utilization, or conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Additionally, as part of the Board charter, there is a required balance plan which include information and plans for recruitment and diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The National Sea Grant Advisory Board meets at least twice annually. All meetings and site visits are relevant to the Sea Grant Advisory Board's legislatively mandated responsibilities to provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and the Director of the National Sea Grant College Program on the performance, planning, and operation of the Sea Grant program.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*By legislation, the Sea Grant Advisory Board is required to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program concerning (A) strategies for utilizing the sea grant college program to address the Nation’s highest priorities regarding the understanding, assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources (B) the designation of sea grant colleges and sea grant institutes and (C) such other matters as the Secretary refers to the Board for review and advice.The National Sea Grant College Program is a complex program involving more than 300 universities that participate through 33 university-based Sea Grant programs located in all coastal and Great Lakes states, including Guam and the Lake Champlain region. As can be seen, the Sea Grant legislation provides a strong role for an independent advisory body composed of experts in marine-related fields. The reason is the mandate given to Sea Grant, namely to develop the commitment and involvement of universities to achieve -- through research, education, and outreach -- greater understanding, assessment, development, utilization, and conservation of the nation's ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. The dedicated members of the Sea Grant Advisory Board provide valued advice on these issues to NOAA and the Department that is critically needed to achieve the mandate and oversee the development of the Sea Grant program. There is no other existing group sufficiently knowledgeable about Sea Grant's mission that could provide, over the long term, the balance and breadth of expert advice that is vitally important to a multifaceted, scientific-based program.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksFor the year of 2019, the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board) focused the majority of its efforts in co-chairing the quadrennial program site reviews for 33 Sea Grant College Programs and one Sea Grant Project, planning for the program evaluation that the Board will conduct, and standing up an Internal Review Panel to review the entirety of the National Sea Grant College Program. Additionally, it is beginning the process of developing the 2020 Biennial report to Congress, and a review of Sea Grant's information services and publication management needs.

The cost increase for the Board expenses in FY19 is due to the inclusion of an additional subcommittee member on each of 34 quadrennial site review visits. This increases the cost by approximately $55,000 (payments and travel). This additional was made after the Board's charter was approved.

Additionally, individuals from the Board continued the Board's involvement in selecting Sea Grant Knauss Fellows, working on the Sea Grant Week Planning committee, and serving as Board liaisons for the Education, Extension and Communication network teams. Costs for the subcommittees are included in the budget for the parent committee.

GSA could not complete the FY18 Annual Comprehensive Review for this committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentActions based on the recommendations of the board frequently help in the organization of National Sea Grant College Program Priorities.
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 CommentWhile we have not formally analyzed the cost savings associated with this Committee, anecdotal evidence suggests it is very high. This is based on documented changes made by the 33 Sea Grant programs that have resulted from the Advisory Board's reviews of performance and recommendations for improvements.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*2,039Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY19, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) received 2 recommendations, and will have 34 additional recommendations after their fall meeting (which will be held in November). The two recommendations are:
1)To designate the National Sea Grant Law Center as Sea Grant Coherent Area Program
Response: The NSGO has accepted the Board's recommendation regarding the National Sea Grant Law Center and has forward the approval package to the Acting NOAA Administrator.

2) To recommend a list of nominees for the upcoming Sea Grant Performance Review Panel
Response: The NSGO has accepted the Boards recommendations for nominees to serve on the Sea Grant Performance Review Panel.

After the Board's Fall 2019 meeting in November, the Board's evaluation committee will review all 34 site visit reports from the quadrennial evaluation of the programs. These reports will be reviewed and voted on by the full board before being sent to the Director of the National Sea Grant Program Director.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn FY19, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) began to implement the recommendations from the FY18 Biennial Report to Congress. The Board made 5 recommendations. Many of the recommendations are continuing. Below are the recommendations and the National Sea Grant Office's response.

1) Sea Grant should further support the development, integration, and implementation of emerging visions generated by interdisciplinary teams begun with the 2017 Network Visioning effort.
Response: The NSGO made approximately $1.4 million of FY 2019 funds available to individual Sea Grant Programs in order to advance the priority actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18 and enhance each Program’s capacity to address their 2018-2021 strategic plans.

2) Sea Grant should continue efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout the network so that its workforce, audiences served, programming conducted, and materials produced are more representative of the nation.
Response: Of the $1.4 million provided to programs for vision implementation activities, the NSGO required least 25% of the requested funds be used to address DEI and/or traditional local knowledge (TLK) initiatives.

3) The Sea Grant evaluation process should include an assessment of the NSGO and the Sea Grant program overall.
Response: The current quadrennial evaluation cycle includes a review panel that will look at the value and impact of the program overall, including the National Sea Grant Office. This will occur in 2020 to better align with the upcoming strategic planning cycle.

4) Sea Grant should expand its capacity and continue to build greater awareness of the network’s substantial role in coastal disaster and emergency preparedness, including its ability and resources at the local level. Sea Grant can help communities become more sustainable and resilient through enhanced planning, recovery, and adaptation programs.
Response: The NSGO has made developing partnerships in the area of coastal storms, community resilience, weather and climate, and flooding.This is an ongoing process.

5) Sea Grant is a recognized leader in aquaculture research and development. Consistent with the Department of Commerce strategic goals of increasing American jobs and reducing the seafood trade deficit, Sea Grant should expand its capacity and build greater awareness of the Sea Grant network’s substantial role in aquaculture.
Response: In FY19, The NSGO provided a $13.5 million competitive funding opportunity to support the nation’s aquaculture needs. The funding opportunity priorities were in three areas: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture ($3 million); Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities ($1.5 million); and Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs ($9 million).
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations from the Advisory Board are advisory in nature, and the majority are implemented; however, the National Sea Grant College Program and Individual Programs are not required to implement Advisory Board recommendations if they do not agree with them and/or have the current resources to do so. NOAA has fully implemented 4 of the five recommendations from the 2018 Biennial Report to commerce, and partially implemented 1 of the five recommendations from the 2018 Biennial Report to Congress. The National Sea Grant Office has implemented the recommendations of the PIE II committee report (2016) in preparation for the upcoming FY18-FY21 quadrennial program evaluations. All are contingent on the availability of federal funds.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentSea Grant Advisory Board Website:
Agency Feedback CommentThe Advisory Board receives feedback through meetings of the Board's Executive Committee with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (when possible), the NOAA Chief of Staff, the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Research and the Director of the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program and his staff. The full Advisory Board is briefed by staff of the NOAA National Sea Grant Office at Board meetings as to the status of the implementation of recommendations. The Board is included in a variety of listservs and announcements regarding information about the program and information relevant to the Board that is sent by the Director. The Director and Designated Federal Officer meet monthly with the Board Executive Committee via phone.Narrative Description*The Sea Grant Advisory Board is an essential part of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The Advisory Board contributes to the NOAA goal, “Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management,” by providing advice and oversight in several NOAA core capabilities including “Environmental Literacy, Outreach, and Education,” and “Sound, Reliable State of the Art Research.”
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031627Biennial Report to Congress2019
 COM-031535Budget Allocation2019
 COM-032010NOAA Sea Grant Extension Liaison Program Review Committee2019
 COM-031314Program Implementation and Evaluation (PIE) II Review Committee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001367National Sea Grant Advisory Board2017
 COM-002973National Sea Grant Advisory Board2016
 COM-003489National Sea Grant Advisory Board2015
 COM-005081National Sea Grant Advisory Board2014
 COM-005585National Sea Grant Advisory Board2013
 COM-007272National Sea Grant Advisory Board2012
 COM-007647National Sea Grant Advisory Board2011
 COM-009353National Sea Grant Advisory Board2010
 COM-009761Sea Grant Review Panel2009
 COM-011279Sea Grant Review Panel2008
 COM-011628Sea Grant Review Panel2007
 COM-013154Sea Grant Review Panel2006
 COM-013469Sea Grant Review Panel2005
 COM-015030Sea Grant Review Panel2004
 COM-015396Sea Grant Review Panel2003
 COM-017052Sea Grant Review Panel2002
 COM-017341Sea Grant Review Panel2001
 COM-019009Sea Grant Review Panel2000
 COM-019264Sea Grant Review Panel1999
 COM-020874Sea Grant Review Panel1998
 COM-021168Sea Grant Review Panel1997
 COM-034286National Sea Grant Advisory Board2018