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Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Commercial Remote SensingAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number12150
Original Establishment Date3/15/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*9 - 20
Current Charter Date3/8/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director for NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs
Date Of Renewal Charter3/8/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tahara
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameD
Specific Termination AuthorityNoneDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Dawkins
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretarial Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 713-3385
Effective Date Of Authority*3/15/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 713-1249
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry and NOAA's activities to carry out the Department's responsibilities set forth in the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010, 51 U.S.C. Sec. 60101 and the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (15 CFR Part 960) and applicable U.S. Policy, which addresses the U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite industry. The Committee's duties are to: 1. gather information to define issues submitted by NOAA for consideration by the Committee, develop positions on those issues, and present the Committee's positions to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; 2. evaluate economic, technological, and institutional developments relating to commercial remote-sensing and submit to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere recommendations on promising new ideas and approaches for federal policies and programs; and 3. serve as a forum for the discussion of issues involving the relationship between industry activities and Government policies, programs, and regulatory requirements.
How is membership balanced?*The membership is fairly balanced regarding views represented and the functions to be performed by the Committee. Membership is based on clear, standardized criteria in accordance with applicable DOC policies. The Under Secretary, after consultation with the appropriate Government agencies, industry representatives, business organizations, the scientific community, and public interest groups, appoints the members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets at least 2 times a year for full day meetings from 9 AM - 4 PM to discuss advice and recommendations in parallel to current efforts of legislative, regulatory, and national policy reforms to ensure that advice is timely and integrated in important reform channels.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is essential because it provides valuable information and advice to NOAA as it carries out its regulatory responsibilities under the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010, 51 U.S.C. Sec. 60101 and 15 CFR 960. The Committee has provided broad guidance to NOAA. As an independent group, the Committee has been able to factor in our broader national security and health of the industry. Advice of the ACCRES Committee is independent and includes balanced perspectives not available from other sources. The Committee is examining new approaches to foster the remote sensing industry. The Committee has continued to examine law, policy and license conditions in 2018.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings of the Committee may be closed to the public only as authorized by Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App 2), as amended, and applicable regulations. Committee meetings are closed only when discussing classified information
Recommendation RemarksOn April 3, 2018, ACCRES came together to help NOAA evaluate and address the following priorities:
1. Provide a set of data protection standards that would be required from licensees, and improve the overall compliance process
2. Provide recommendations to evaluate and update the commercial remote sensing statute and regulations.
Two working groups were formed to address these priorities, that then presented their findings and recommendations during the October 18, 2018 meeting, where feedback was provided. It was determined that the findings were preliminary and more work would need to be put into developing a full set of recommendations.

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 GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNOAA worked on report to provide feedback on proposed updates to the commercial remote sensing regulations and legislative proposals. Additionally, the Committee provided feedback on improvements to the data protection plan and requested greater industry-government engagement. To address these, NOAA hosted a 3 day workshop, which improved trust in government and customer satisfaction/service delivery. The rollout of the new data protection also improves customer satisfaction and service delivery.
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 CommentCost Savings are unmeasurable but empirical data indicate savings to government from alternative methods of obtaining industry input.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn 2016, the Committee provided recommendations on possible statutory updates to the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010, Chapter 601, Subchapter III: Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Systems. These recommendations have been incorporated in the report that is currently being reviewed by OMB. No new recommendations were delivered in FY 2017. Three additional sets of recommendations were submitted early 2018 from work done in 2017.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*55.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentOf 20 recommendations, 11 have been fully implemented by the agency. Most recently, a recommendation of a new data protection plan was fully implemented, and rolled out by NOAA.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentOf 20 recommendations, 6 have been partially implemented by the agency. NOAA has worked closely with the Committee and other agencies involved in the licensing process to implement the FY 2005 and FY 2006 recommendations. NOAA fully implemented the FY 2006 recommendation in FY 2007. In FY 2009 NOAA received no recommendations from the Committee. In FY 2009 NOAA implemented one recommendation made in FY 2008. Of the new 3 recommendations submitted earlier this year, two were partially implemented as they were multi-part recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentNOAA has worked closely with the Committee regarding its recommendations. The Committee has invited other agencies involved in the licensing process to attend the meetings to discuss the rationale for the license condition under consideration. NOAA and ACCRES are working on law and policy changes.Narrative Description*The Committee is essential to the agency because it provides valuable information and advice to NOAA as it carries out the National Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010 and regulations, 15 CFR 960. It is important that NOAA have an independent group to provide broad guidance that factors in our broader national security and health of the industry.The Committee supports the Department of Commerce and NOAA's strategic goals by providing recommendations which are intended to maximize U.S. industry competitiveness and enable economic growth.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001298Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2017
 COM-002990Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2016
 COM-003484Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2015
 COM-005093Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2014
 COM-005551Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2013
 COM-007239Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2012
 COM-007655Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2011
 COM-009360Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2010
 COM-009751Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2009
 COM-011324Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2008
 COM-011590Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2007
 COM-013202Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2006
 COM-013453Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2005
 COM-015061Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2004
 COM-015404Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2003
 COM-017040Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2002
 COM-034288Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2018