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DOC - 15122 - National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Construction Safety Team Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number15122
Original Establishment Date10/1/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date10/4/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/4/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Benjamin
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Davis
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P. L. 107-231Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 975-6071
Effective Date Of Authority*10/1/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-975-4032
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?*This Committee advises the Director of NIST on carrying out the provisions of P.L. 107-231 and reviews the procedures developed under section 2(c)(1) of the Act and reports issued under section 8 of the Act. The Committee advises the Director of NIST by providing advice on the functions of National Construction Safety Teams under section 2(b)(2); providing advice on the composition of Teams under section 3; providing advice on the exercise of authorities under sections 4 and 5; providing advice on the procedures developed under section 2(c)(1); and providing advice on the reports issued under section 8.
How is membership balanced?*Members reflect the wide diversity of technical disciplines and competencies involved in the National Construction Safety Teams investigations. Members are drawn from industry and other communities having an interest in the National Construction Safety Teams investigations, such as, but not limited to, universities, state and local government bodies, non-profit research institutions, and other Federal agencies and laboratories.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets at least once per year. To promote efficient spending, as directed by Executive Order 13589, the Committee conducts web conferences or teleconferences in lieu of face-to-face meetings, when feasible.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is required by law. The law requires this Advisory Committee to help the Director of NIST to fulfill his/her responsibilities under the National Construction Safety Team Act, P.L. 107-231.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Committee functions solely as an advisory body, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Two virtual meetings were held in FY 2022. The Committee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the National Construction Safety Team and has proven to be a very valuable asset.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*44Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn the NCSTAC’s most recent report to Congress (submitted December 15th, 2021) they made seven new recommendations to NIST. Below is a brief summary of the recommendations.

1) Automated Scoring of Events: It may be a useful exercise to consider a broad list of categories for measuring impact on the population and their health beyond mortality. More exploration of the best way to model this will be helpful.

2) Hurricane Maria Morbidity and Mortality Investigation: As the team works through this process, developing standards for conducting these verbal autopsies will be useful in future events. More exploration of the best way to model this will be helpful.

3) Social media data collection in Hurricane Maria: These data may also
deliver insights into risk communication activities that may have occurred in real time during the Hurricane Maria response and recovery activities
and can be a point of comparison to data collected at much later time points or a counterpoint to radio communications that remained active throughout
the response period.

4) Joplin Tornado recommendations implementation: The Advisory Committee encourages NIST to continue to explore alternative strategies for
houses and other small wood-frame buildings, as well as the improvement of tornado shelter standards and public tornado sheltering strategies.

5) Patterns of morbidity and mortality in Champlain Towers South:
The patterns of mortality and morbidity throughout the building could be of interest in the case of future failures in terms of search and
rescue guidelines as well as evacuation patterns, including both shelter-in-place and physical movement from the building.

6) Timeline and public communications for Champlain Towers South: It will be helpful if NIST is able to provide a tentative timeline for the projects, including milestones, and have a well-developed communication plan to keeping the public informed.

7) The Committee recommends that formal consideration be given to amending the NCST act to emphasize the important role NIST should play in such investigations.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNIST implemented the consensus advice received from the NCST Advisory Committee in finalizing the issues described above and preparing the recommendations for changes to codes, standards, and practices documented in the final report. Of the 44 formal recommendations made over the life of the Committee 33 have been fully implemented, 5 are in progress, 4 have been partially implemented, and 2 recommendations were declined.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*9.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn 2003 NIST received a recommendation in response to the WTC Investigation. It was not not fully accepted or fully implemented or due to legal constraints (see the notes below). The portion of the recommendation that could be implemented legally was, for that reason it will be considered fully implemented and complete moving forward. Details on the four other partially implemented recommendations are below. It should also be noted that two recommendations were declined.

*WTC Investigation: Interviews done in support of Project 7 for the WTC investigation should be recorded on audiotape and transcribed.

Status: Complete. (Partially Accepted and Implemented) Interviews will be taped if the interviewee agrees. Transcripts will not be made as part of the investigation. Upon further research it was determined that the recommendation was partially accepted. Moving forward this will be considered fully implemented and complete.

1) General Recommendation: The Committee recommends that NIST collect data on fires following all disasters driven by natural events. The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is intended to capture fire data but, in fact, leaves gaps in the data. NIST staff, trained in mass-disaster data collection and armed with simple collection and recording systems that can capture geospatial data, could greatly enhance the usefulness of NFIRS.

Status: Complete. (Partially Implemented) -NIST agrees with the spirit of your recommendation, and with your observation that systematically collecting data from fires caused by natural events would be very beneficial. -NFIRS is managed by the U.S. Fire Administration, and they said that they already are overloaded with priority requests to improve NFIRS and they lack the ability to respond to the requests now considering their limited resources. -NIST has been working on a specialized Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) data collection system for several years as a proof-of-concept, which could be expanded to non WUI-fire disasters. Our goal would be to (1) pilot this technology in a limited way on a select number of investigations to test its effectiveness, and (2) link the data to the Disaster and Failure Events Repository.

2) Joplin Investigation Recommendation: The Committee recommends that NIST develop an education package based on a standard response plan that could be adapted by local safety officials. The investigation of public response to alerts prior to touchdown of the Joplin, MO tornado uncovered a degree of misunderstanding about the nature of tornado hazards and about the reality of the threat to Joplin. A standardized, authoritative education package can be the basis of helping citizens protect themselves.

Status: Complete. (Partially Implemented)-Doing specific education-related work about the nature of tornado threats and how to respond to alerts – including preparation of education packages – is not within NIST’s mission. -However, NIST has spoken to NFPA and NOAA about education and outreach in emergencies, and we are trying to catalyze their work in this area. We’ve made sure that both organizations are aware of the Committee’s concerns and views.

3) Joplin Tornado Recommendations: Single family homes are a very large fraction of all construction, and the construction of nearly all single-family homes is controlled by the International Residential Code (IRC), rather than the previously cited engineering standards. Therefore, the Committee recommends that NIST also undertake studies to enable improvements to the IRC.

Status: The standard for tornado wind speed maps are still evolving, based on feedback from our Stakeholder Workshop and the ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee and ASCE 7 Main Committee. Once the final tornado load methodology is nearing completion, NIST will then begin work to develop proposed changes for all of the relevant codes (potentially including the IBC, IEBC, and IRC), in collaboration with other stakeholders.

4) Joplin Investigation Recommendation: While it is probably not realistic nor in the public’s best interest to require that common commercial buildings and single-family homes be designed for the most severe tornadoes, some individuals and/or jurisdictions may want to improve their tornado protection voluntarily and such protective measures should be described incrementally so that voluntary improvements can be incorporated with cost-benefit considerations. The Advisory Committee encourages NCST to continue to explore alternative strategies, especially the improvement of tornado shelter standards and public tornado sheltering strategies

Status: Partially Complete: Multiple strategies for tornado shelter improvement are being considered by NIST. Specifically under the Characterization of Critical Buildings Project which is a part of the current Hurricane Maria NCST investigation. In 2022, NIST plans to conduct a series of workshops to identify opportunities, challenges, and best practices associated with design and operation of public tornado shelters. These workshops will be similar to the one held in March 2019 in collaboration with NOAA, FEMA, academia, local governments, and the private sector.

Declined Recommendations:

1) In 2003, the Committee made a recommendation to hold an open meeting in New York City. Due to the high costs of a meeting at that location, and in the interest of being efficient with government funds, NIST declined this recommendation and worked with the Committee to hold the meeting at the NIST Gaithersburg location.
2) In 2013, the Committee recommended that NIST consider engineering methodologies similar to those that reduce the fire risk in building interiors to reduce the fire risk of building exteriors in wildland urban interface (WUI) fires. This recommendation was determined to be outside the scope of the Advisory Committee and was thus declined
Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll annual Committee reports to Congress are posted on the Committee's web site at
Agency Feedback Comment*NIST provides feedback directly to the Advisory Committee during its meetings, either face-to-face, via teleconference or web conferencing.Narrative Description*The National Construction Safety Team Act (P.L. 107-231) was signed into law by the President on October 1, 2002. The Act authorizes the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish National Construction Safety Teams (NCST) for deployment after events causing the failure of a building or class of buildings that has resulted in substantial loss of life or that posed the potential for substantial loss of life. The Act directs NIST to establish a Federal Advisory Committee to advise the Director on carrying out this Act and to review the procedures developed under Section 2(c)(1) of the Act and the reports issued under Section 8 of the Act. The National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee is composed of individuals who are experts in their respective fields. The committee advises the NIST Director and NCST teams on the conduct of investigations, reviews and provides advice on the technical approaches used in investigations, reviews and provides advice on findings, conclusions and recommendations resulting from NCST investigations, and reviews and provides comments on written investigation reports. The NCST Advisory Committee provides an outside perspective to NCST investigations that lends credibility to the resulting findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
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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*$42,829.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$50,538.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$3,000.00
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* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,500.00
Total Costs$42,829.00Est. Total Next FY*$55,038.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/26/2022 12:06 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.14
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.14Est Cost RemarksThis estimate includes travel for committee members which may or may not occur based on the status of the pandemic.
Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 pandemic there was no travel for meetings.  
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Emergency Preparedness and Management
Science and Technology
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040220National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038006National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2020
 COM-035933National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034324National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001307National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002926National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003488National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005063National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005561National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007238National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007687National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009383National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009781National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011294National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011630National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013157National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013470National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015068National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015369National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee2003