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Committee NameSecretary of the Navy Advisory PanelAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number33456
Original Establishment Date11/6/2007Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date4/1/2019Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date1/2/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter1/2/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*James
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Custer
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixUSN
Specific Establishment Authority*Director, Administration and Management MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 693-3403
Effective Date Of Authority*10/3/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*
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 Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel will draw upon renowned authorities from industry and academia to provide independent, external advice and counsel on critical issues facing the Department of the Navy and the Navy Secretariat. Panel members will possess extensive, relevant experience in senior positions related to policy and industry. The structure and composition of the committee will ensure sufficient flexibility to address emerging matters, as well as broad expertise to provide meaningful insight and feedback.
How is membership balanced?*The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel shall be composed of no more than 15 members. The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, in keeping with DoD policy to make every effort to achieve a balanced membership, shall include a cross section of experts that are directly interested and qualified to give advice on U.S. defense and naval issues.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Panel schedules four annual meetings by mutual agreement between the Chairman of the Panel and the Designated Federal Officer. These Full Panel Meetings are open to the public as the security level information/briefings allows. The frequency of Full Panel meetings are directly tied to the number of studies the Panel is conducting and the availability of the volunteer members. Frequency will increase or decrease as workload is added and/or completed.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that no other DoD advisory committee can provide the Secretary of the Navy with independent advice provided by the Advisory Panel on critical issues facing the Department of the Navy and the Navy Secretariat.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the Department of Defense determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C.§552b(c). Pursuant to DoD Policy, closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Secretary of the Navy or designee, and only after consultation with the Office of the Secretary of the Navy General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksIn FY-2017, the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel conducted 3 preparatory meetings: two in Pentagon and one via phone call. The current topic tasked to the Committee is, "How do we make governance stronger at the top of the Department of the Navy?" At the end of the fiscal year, Panel members are advancing to the step of delivering and deliberating their research finding.
*** Naval Research Advisory sub-Committee conducted 13 preparatory/administrative/investigative/research meetings and a 2-week study/research event. At the end of the fiscal year, NRAC sub-committee members are advancing to the step of delivering and deliberating their research finding. Their travel budget reflects their high levels research. Contractor support ($861,000) also provides the Advisory Panel members and staff with on-call support and may be expected to do the same for the Subcommittee on History, once it becomes active.
*** Secretary of the Navy Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History was inactive.

In FY-2016, 3 preparatory meetings and 1 regular meeting were held.
The Secretary of the Navy's Advisory Panel (SNAP) completed a study entitled, "Inculcating a Culture of Innovation in the Department of the Navy" and began work on a study entitled "Goldwater Nichols Act Reform in the Department of the Navy." *** The Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) began a study entitled "Use and Acquisition of Unmanned Systems in the Department of the Navy." *** The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History was assigned to provide historical research and support for the SNAP and NRAC studies.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentDevelop improved governance processes, initiate modern workforce and acquisition reforms. Some specifics recommendations include improve outreach and crowd-sourcing tools, initiate multiple pilot programs to drive innovative ideas, and build incentives that support the development of a culture of innovation.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThis Advisory Panel provides expert advice to the Secretary of the Navy pertaining to his/her oversight of the Department of the organization of over 700,000 personnel and a budget exceeding $170B per year performing continuous worldwide operations. Recommendations have typically pertained to shifts in policy, organization, resources, or capabilities. Intent is to remain ahead of forecast issues, challenges, threats, and risks. Results of recommendations have more directly resulted in affecting measures of relevance than capturing measurable cost savings.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*141Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis number has been updated following a review and accounting of the SecNav Advisory Panel's 11 reports submitted to the Secretary, since 2009.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*33.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment47 of 141 SNAP recommendations (33%) have been fully implemented since the forming of the Advisory Panel.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment21 of 141 SNAP recommendations (15%) have been fully implemented since the forming of the Advisory Panel. Combining the fully and partially implemented recommendations (47 + 21 = 68) determines that 48% of the Panel's 141 recommendations (reports spanning 2009 to 2018) have affected the leadership, management, administration, operations, or policy of the Department of the Navy.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback must be managed with awareness to any information it conveys pertaining to national security. Feedback is certainly provided during Chair/Panel interaction with the Secretary. FACA staff recognizes feedback as resulting changes to policy, regulations, actions, resources, reorganizing, or proposed legislation.Narrative Description*The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel provides the Secretary of the Navy and the Department of Defense with independent advice and recommendations on critical issues facing the Department of the Navy and the Navy Secretariat in the conduct of the Department's mission. These issues include, but are not limited to management, organization, acquisition reform, the shipbuilding defense industrial base, and related maritime issues.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030475Naval Research Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032413Secretary of the Navy History Advisory Subcommittee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033065Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2018
 COM-001313Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2017
 COM-002885Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2016
 COM-003531Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2015
 COM-005049Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2014
 COM-005633Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2013
 COM-007163Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2012
 COM-007722Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2011
 COM-009354Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2010
 COM-009853Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2009
 COM-011268Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel2008