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Committee NameDefense Programs Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number83065
Original Establishment Date2/12/2013Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*up to 15
Current Charter Date2/8/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter2/8/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mark
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Anderson
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 586-5746
Effective Date Of Authority*11/27/2012Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-586-7754
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The DPAC provides advice and recommendations to the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security/NNSA Administrator through the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs on issues relating to the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Such issues include, but are not limited to; assessment of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; the science, technology and engineering infrastructure needed to maintain the U.S. stockpile and the overall U.S. nuclear deterrent; and the U.S. nuclear weapons manufacturing and production complex facilities and related technologies.
How is membership balanced?*DPAC’s membership consists of not more than 15 members, comprised of recognized scientific and technical experts from scientific and academic communities and the national laboratories. Specific expertise relevant to the mission/function of the Committee includes: high energy density physics (HED), materials science, nuclear physics, advanced computing and simulation, nuclear weapon design, engineering development, industrial production, program management, and other related fields. Membership balance is not static given the broad nature of DPAC’s mission.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The DPAC will meet periodically, approximately two to four times a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*DPAC provides advice to the NNSA Administrator on how to effectively implement the Defense Programs (DP) mission based on its foundation in national security strategy. The Committee will also work to analyze DP management issues including facility operations and fiscal matters, along with identifying potential applications of DP capabilities to broader national security challenges. DPAC members draw on scientific and technical expertise to identify barriers to the effective execution of the NNSA Administrator’s program objectives. DPAC also provides strategic management advice on where and how to focus the Program’s resources to achieve maximum impact.
Why close or partially close meetings?The purpose of closing the DPAC meeting to hold discussions on topics identified above, is consistent with 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)(1) and (3). These provisions provide that such meeting may be closed when the disclosure of information under criteria established by Executive Order are to be kept secret in the interests of national defense or foreign policy, and when information is specifically exempted from disclosure by statute. The information to be discussed at the meeting falls within the classification categories set forth in Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information (Dec. 29, 2009) and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 42 U.S.C. § 2161 and 2162, as amended.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee had its initial meeting in August 2014. During FY2015, the Committee met three times, two of which times were fact-finding sessions at the three national security laboratories. The third meeting in 2015 took place in Washington, DC, where the Committee met to consider draft inputs to its first report on the Workforce Challenge Study. The report was completed in a meeting in Washington DC, March 2016. No additional full committee meetings were held in FY 2016 and FY 2017. There was a subcommittee meeting held in FY 2017. In FY 2018 there were two committee meetings to receive organizational updates, finalize reports and discuss the path ahead on new topics. In FY 2019 there were three committee meetings to update members on activities in the Defense Programs portfolio, discuss subcommittee reports and plan future committee activities.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentActions in progress on report recommendations.
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 CommentThe DPAC makes recommendations which include comments on prioritization and efficient use of funds within Defense Programs. If adopted these recommendations may result in cost avoidance or more efficient use of available funds but are not quantifiable.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*21Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere are 19 separate recommendations in the (classified) report "Workforce for a Resilient U.S. Nuclear Deterrent". There are two recommendations in the (classified) report Assessment of the "State of Understanding of Pu Primary Aging".Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe exercise and demonstration of capabilities are being incorporated into the nuclear weapon enterprise end-to-end pre-production prototype-development activities. An update to the Pu Strategy will address the Aging recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe exercise and demonstration of capabilities are being incorporated into the nuclear weapon enterprise end-to-end pre-production prototype-development activities. An update to the Pu Strategy will address the Aging recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe initial charge to the committee was presented at the Committee's first meeting. All meetings have been closed citing the national security and classified information exemption in the Government in the Sunshine Act.
Agency Feedback CommentDefense Programs provides an update to the committee on the implementation status of each of its recommendations each time the committee formally meets.Narrative Description*In support of the mission of the Office of Defense Programs (DP) to provide a safe, secure and reliable nuclear deterent as a key component of DOE's national security mission, the Defense Programs Advisory Committee will evaluate the full range of Stockpile Stewardship and Management activites with the DP office, and where required, a broader range of issues in the National Nuclear Security Administration.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$40,178.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$50,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$75,841.13Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$75,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$97,959.65Est. Other Costs Next FY*$100,000.00
Total Costs$213,978.78Est. Total Next FY*$225,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.25Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033561Defense Programs Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001425Defense Programs Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002816Defense Programs Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003578Defense Programs Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004976Defense Programs Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005595Defense Programs Advisory Committee2013