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DOC - 16608 - Hydrographic Services Review Panel - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameHydrographic Services Review PanelAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number16608
Original Establishment Date12/19/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date8/25/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Office of Coast Survey
Date Of Renewal Charter8/25/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixRDML
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Benjamin
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Evans
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 107-372, Section 105Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 533-0919
Effective Date Of Authority*12/19/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-713-4019
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The HSRP was established and directed by P.L. 107-372 to provide advice to the NOAA Administrator on matters and responsibilities set forth in Section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA) of 1998 and its amendments of 2002 and 2008, and on other appropriate matters as the NOAA Administrator refers to the Panel for review and advice. The Panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on carrying out NOAA's navigation services mission, which is to ensure safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America's marine transportation system. The HSRP usually holds 2 in-person regionally based meetings a year to hear from stakeholders, gather information, discuss and provide recommendations. This advice is provided to the NOAA Administrator through reports, issue papers, and formal recommendation letters.
How is membership balanced?*NOAA seeks a balanced subject matter expertise and as specified in the HSIA the expertise is the primary criteria considered in the evaluation process. The voting members of the panel are individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields relating to hydrographic surveying: tides, currents, geodetic and geospatial measurement, marine transportation, port administration, vessel pilotage, and coastal or fishery management, and other disciplines as determined appropriate by the NOAA Administrator. NOAA follows a Membership Balance Plan which considers leadership, as well as expertise and geography. Professional sector representation (academia, industry, research, scientific institution, state and local government, tribal interests, consultant, non-governmental organization, etc.), geographic expertise, experience working productively with committees and working groups, and leadership with navigation, observations, and positioning are other criteria that will be considered. The diverse membership of the HSRP assures expertise reflecting the full breadth of the HSRP’s responsibilities. Where possible, NOAA will also consider the ethnic, racial, and gender diversity of the United States. There are 19 total with 15 voting and 4 non-voting members. The HSRP Charter states, "The Panel shall consist of fifteen voting members appointed by the Administrator in accordance with the provisions and prohibitions of Section 105 of the Act. Members will be selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance. The Co-Directors of the Joint Hydrographic Center and two other employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall serve as nonvoting members of the Panel."
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The HSRP has at least 2 public meetings a year as proscribed by Public Law 107-372 which states, "The panel shall meet on a biannual basis and, at any other time, at the call of the Chairman or upon the request of a majority of the voting members or of the Secretary." The HSRP reviews current issues and topics of interest requested by the members and NOAA.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The HSRP is essential to carry out the responsibilities established under the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 and its Amendments of 2002 and 2008. The navigation and hydrographic surveying expertise of the HSRP is not performed by any other Department, Federal agency, or other existing committees.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksFTE comments:
The 2021 Charter lists the FY20 FTE total of 2.05 FTEs. The FY22 FTE is 2.02. The estimated FY23 FTE is 2.

In addition to 15 voting members, the HSRP legislation appoints 4 non-voting members on the basis of their position, "The Co-Directors of the Joint Hydrographic Center and two other employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall serve as nonvoting members of the Panel." Three of the four non-voting members include FTEs/RGEs who serve on an ongoing basis with no end date. NOAA responds to recommendations in writing in a response letter from the NOAA Administrator and informally during public and working group meetings. The NOAA response letters are on the HSRP webpage for each public meeting.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
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 CommentThe advice and recommendations from the Panel have helped and provided a catalyst to reinforce partnerships, rethink strategic plans, and drafted reauthorization language in the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act, advanced the NOAA Fleet Recapitalization Study, included maritime interests in the Integrated Ocean Observing System program and the Committee for Marine Transportation, and input by NOAA management into NOAA's strategic planning process. Further, advice and recommendations from the Panel also has helped NOAA seek potential collaborative efforts with other Federal partners in the maritime community and deeper understanding of customer and partner requirements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe HSRP provides advice and recommendations to the NOAA Administrator on many mission-related programs. Some of the programs that benefit from HSRP input include Nautical Charting, Hydrographic Services, Water Levels and Currents, Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems PORTS®, the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON), National Spatial Reference System, Height Modernization, U.S. Shoreline Definitions, Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS), Response and Restoration, and Wetlands Restoration, the National Weather Service;s marine forecasts. HSRP input ultimately affects the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) and the Nation by providing advice which improves the protection of life and property, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation, emergency response capabilities, and coastal zone management. Every U.S. citizen relies on the MTS for energy delivery, exports, transportation, cost-effective consumer goods, recreation, and environmental protection.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*More Than $10,000,001Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThere are many examples of anecdotal and indirect cost savings from the HSRP recommendations, especially from a navigation services, safety, security and economic perspective. The HSRP has encouraged partnerships, data sharing, and technological advancement with a variety of private sector, university, and other partners. Direct cost savings figures are not available. Indirect cost savings would total in the millions of dollars. HSRP recommendations, if realized within the multi-agency Committee for Marine Transportation Services (CMTS), offer appreciable savings through aggressively mapping the Nation’s shorelines and navigationally significant waters; integrating coastal mapping efforts and ensuring federally maintained channels, approaches, and anchorages are surveyed to the highest standard (“the Athos I incident alone cost the ship owner and his insurer over $165 million... the true value of wildlife lost and port commerce delayed or deferred cannot be calculated…”); modernizing heights and implementing real-time water level and current observing systems in all major commercial ports ($6.8 - $9.0 million savings per year in Tampa Bay and $14.8 - $18.3 million savings per year (Estimated Annual Benefits of PORTS®)); strengthening NOAA’s navigation services emergency response and recovery capabilities (“According to an economic analysis released by the Port, the nine-day closure [during Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms] resulted in increases of energy costs to U.S. consumers exceeding $1 billion); and, disseminating NOAA’s hydrographic services data and products to achieve greatest public benefit (“collisions account for 80% of all reportable recreational boating accidents, and 78% of non-reportable accidents, totaling an estimated insurance loss of over $450 million a year from nearly 100,000 claims. A major cause of claims is “striking a submerged object and groundings...”.”).Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*354Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe type of recommendation varies. For example, some are written as letters to the NOAA Administrator, or within letters making recommendations for policy changes. Others are verbatim or modified versions of recommendations from reports written by the HSRP's Working Groups and which the entire HSRP discusses and provides consensus recommendations. The total above represents the total of those made by the HSRP in letters, issue papers, and reports to the agency. In 2022 HSRP had 37 recommendations including:

1) Mar 9-10, 2022: virtual meeting with 24 recommendations total:
1 recommendation letter with 6 recommendations; 3 issue papers with 17 recommendations; 1 comment paper on data licensing;

2) September 20-22, 2022: hybrid in person and virtual meeting with 13 recommendations total:
1 recommendation letter with 6 recommendations; and one issue paper with 7 recommendations.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentApproximately 50% of the recommendations have been fully implemented. Of the other recommendations, some are pending, and others were directed, through NOAA, to outside agencies or organizations. The agency is not always able to implement the recommendations for a variety of organizational requirements and issues. Full implementation of many of the recommendations would require significant changes to the agency programs, budget, legislation, organization, thousands of dollars, and years to achieve. This is not always feasible, the recommendations are only able to be partially implemented or not at all. The recommendations may have longer term outcomes that are eventually partially or fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*23.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThere are 34 partially implemented recommendations. As noted above, the agency is not always able to partially implement the recommendations for a variety of organizational requirements and issues. Partial implementation of many of the recommendations would require significant changes to the agency programs, budget, organization, legislation, thousands of dollars, and years to achieve. This is not always feasible and the recommendations are only able to be partially implemented or may have longer term outcomes that are partially implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNOAA provides a public website for committee information. This includes the NOAA Administrator letters to the HSRP with response to their recommendation letters (see the public meetings web pages):
Agency Feedback Comment*The Panel is provided feedback formally and informally. The NOAA Administrator responds to the Panel recommendation letters with a NOAA response letter. The panel also hears from the DFO, alternate DFO's and program officials. The DFO holds check ins that include feedback with the Panel Chair to improve committee and agency interactions.Narrative Description*The HSRP is legislatively mandated to provide advice to the NOAA Administrator on the responsibilities and authorities set forth in the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA) 2002, and its Amendments, and other appropriate matters the NOAA Administrator refers to the HSRP for review and advice. The advice and recommendations of the HSRP directly supports NOAA’s hydrographic services, geospatial and positioning, and coastal resilience mission. The HSRP’s advice and recommendations is used to implement strategic improvements to NOAA’s hydrographic survey priorities; storm surge and tidal prediction models; geospatial and positioning, and coastal resilience products, services, and information. NOAA values the advice and recommendations from the HSRP and uses this information to fulfill its mission for understanding and predicting changes in the Earth’s environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$19,780.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$38,500.00
Payments to Federal Members*$39,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$41,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$406,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$410,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$22,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$56,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$6,000.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$12,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$34,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$68,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$144,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$250,000.00
Total Costs$670,780.00Est. Total Next FY*$875,500.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/4/2022 2:37 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.02Est Cost RemarksThe "Other Costs" includes the cost estimate for two public meetings. Due to budget issues, it is uncertain if there will be 1 or 2 in person public meetings in FY23. The "Other Costs" section includes the cost for two public meetings with the meeting planning contract, meeting rooms, hotel sleeping rooms, meeting report/ minutes, court reporter, transcripts and transportation.
Cost RemarksThere was only 1 in person public meeting in FY22. The "Other Costs" section includes the cost for one public meeting with the meeting planning contract, meeting rooms, hotel sleeping rooms, meeting report/ minutes, court reporter, transcripts and transportation.  
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Business and Domestic Commerce
Computer Technology
Data Quality
Schools and Academic Institutions
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Federal Government
State Government
Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Exports and Imports
Boating and Navigation
Water Use


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032533Arctic Priorities Working Group2022
 COM-032532Planning and Engagement Working Group2022
 COM-032534Technology Working Group2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040174Hydrographic Services Review Panel2021
 COM-037959Hydrographic Services Review Panel2020
 COM-035879Hydrographic Services Review Panel2019
 COM-034290Hydrographic Services Review Panel2018
 COM-001295Hydrographic Services Review Panel2017
 COM-002946Hydrographic Services Review Panel2016
 COM-003436Hydrographic Services Review Panel2015
 COM-005051Hydrographic Services Review Panel2014
 COM-005601Hydrographic Services Review Panel2013
 COM-007199Hydrographic Services Review Panel2012
 COM-007714Hydrographic Services Review Panel2011
 COM-009380Hydrographic Services Review Panel2010
 COM-009763Hydrographic Services Review Panel2009
 COM-011316Hydrographic Services Review Panel2008
 COM-011617Hydrographic Services Review Panel2007
 COM-013196Hydrographic Services Review Panel2006
 COM-013450Hydrographic Services Review Panel2005
 COM-015057Hydrographic Services Review Panel2004
 COM-015393Hydrographic Services Review Panel2003