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Committee NameInland Waterways Users BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number422
Original Establishment Date11/17/1986Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date4/19/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter4/19/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mark
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination Authority33 U.S.C. § 2251Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Pointon
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*33 U.S.C. § 2251Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 428-6438
Effective Date Of Authority*11/17/1986Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee is required to report annually to the Secretary of the Army and the U.S. Congress with recommendations on inland waterways investment priorities and funding levels. These annual reports focus on investment prioritization of inland waterways projects, efficient funding in future Federal budgets for domestic spending and infrastructure investment, the ability of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund to fund the non-Federal share of future modernization and rehabilitation costs for the designated inland waterways, and application of sound business principles to develop an affordable investment program. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 also requires the Users Board to submit advice and recommendations on the budget for each fiscal year.
How is membership balanced?*Committee representative members represent inland waterways transportation service providers (carriers), primary users of these services (shippers), or perform both as a carrier and shipper. Also, they represent a large share of the carrier capacity and the primary and most other types of waterborne commodities moved on the inland waterways system, such as Coal & Coke, Farm & Food, Petroleum and related products. Members are geographically balanced and may also represent trade and regional development organizations. Board recommendations are consensually based on operation experience, waterways traffic and lock utilization, Corps capabilities, and funding realities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee is required to meet semi-annually by law. The Board normally meets three or four times a year, usually in January/February, April/May, July/August, and November/December. The Spring date is to formalize investment recommendations and priorities for inland navigation projects. The Summer meeting is to prepare and analyze information from the President's Budget and Administration testimony. The Fall meeting is to review Congressional actions, budget and appropriations, program direction and project updates. Additional meetings can be called, as needed. Only two meetings were held in both FY12 and FY13 due to issues relating to membership appointments to the committee.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (33 U.S.C. § 2251) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish the committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD 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 Army, and only after consultation with the Office of General Counsel for the Department of the Army.
Recommendation RemarksRepresentative Organizations and their designated individual to represent the company on the Board were selected effective May 2019, 5 members were selected in May 2017. Will allow membership to be staggered.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between Fiscal Year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
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 CommentRecommendations made by the advisory Committee focus on the inclusion of inland waterways improvement and modernization projects in the President's Budget for Civil Works rather than trying to obtain cost efficiencies in agency operations.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*174Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Annual Report for 2018 was prepared and is dated December 2018, it contains nine (9) recommendations. Nine (9) recommendations in the 2017 annual report; seven (9) recommendations in the 2016 annual report; nine (7) recommendations in the 2015 annual report. The Annual Report for 2019 will be prepared by the end of calendar year 2019.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations implemented IAW the needs of and requirements to sustain and modernize our inland waterways. Recommendations are often implemented by specific focus areas or projects. The recommendations are contained in the Annual Report and our compliance is reflected by the inclusion of projects in the President's Budget and its recommended appropriation amount.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations made by the advisory Committee in their annual report regarding future projects and funding are often compatible with the agency's budget recommendations. The partial implementation refers to the inclusion of a project recommended by the Committee in the President's Budget, but with a different recommended appropriation amount.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is provided at every meeting of the Committee.Narrative Description*The Committee supports the Navigation Business Function of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Strategic Plan.
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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*$253,800.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$264,500.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,200.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$14,100.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$18,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$45,800.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$31,000.00
Total Costs$329,900.00Est. Total Next FY*$328,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.40
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033089Inland Waterways Users Board2018
 COM-001371Inland Waterways Users Board2017
 COM-002964Inland Waterways Users Board2016
 COM-003592Inland Waterways Users Board2015
 COM-005088Inland Waterways Users Board2014
 COM-005668Inland Waterways Users Board2013
 COM-007170Inland Waterways Users Board2012
 COM-007785Inland Waterways Users Board2011
 COM-009264Inland Waterways Users Board2010
 COM-009849Inland Waterways Users Board2009
 COM-011222Inland Waterways Users Board2008
 COM-011660Inland Waterways Users Board2007
 COM-013159Inland Waterways Users Board2006
 COM-013529Inland Waterways Users Board2005
 COM-014935Inland Waterways Users Board2004
 COM-015505Inland Waterways Users Board2003
 COM-016971Inland Waterways Users Board2002
 COM-017402Inland Waterways Users Board2001
 COM-018957Inland Waterways Users Board2000
 COM-019229Inland Waterways Users Board1999
 COM-020797Inland Waterways Users Board1998
 COM-021192Inland Waterways Users Board1997