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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 Year2019Committee 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 Date10/4/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/4/2020Designated 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. A Teleconference was held on November 27th. One face-to-face meeting was held in FY 2019 on September 6, 2019. The report that will be produced as a result of this meeting will be submitted to Congress on January 1, 2020.

The estimated annual cost of the committee is $50,000 per year, the actual cost for FY19 came in at $46,268.85 due to the cost of employee labor, Committee member travel, and meeting venue expenses. The FY20 cost is estimated at $49,381.17. There is an anticipated increase in travel cost for FY20 due to new members being added to the Committee. We also anticipate an increase in labor cost due to a new federal position being added to support the Committee.


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*28Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn the NCSTAC’s most recent report to Congress (submitted December 20th, 2018) they made three new recommendations to NIST. Below is a brief summary of the recommendations.

1. Social media is becoming an important source of disaster information. The Committee recommends that NIST work, and collaborate with others, to develop strategies and research methodologies to ethically access, collect, analyze, and use such data.

2. 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.

3. The Committee commends the cooperation with Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID) of the Federally funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program, and recommends looking for additional opportunities for collaboration with other aspects of NHERI, especially the recently activated SimCenter and the newly established CONVERGE Center.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*71.00%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 28 formal recommendations made over the life of the Committee 20 have been fully implemented, 6 have been partially implemented, and 2 recommendations were declined.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*21.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe six recommendations NIST has partially implemented were either more costly and intrusive than necessary to collect research data, not feasible, are in the process of being implemented, or are outside of NIST's mission. Therefore NIST implemented a part or parts of the recommendation.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll annual Committee reports to Congress are posted on the Committee's web site at
Agency Feedback CommentNIST 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*$30,223.77Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$28,915.03
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,842.12Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$13,263.18
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$7,202.96Est. Other Costs Next FY*$7,202.96
Total Costs$46,268.85Est. Total Next FY*$49,381.17
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.21Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.17
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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