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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5222
Original Establishment Date11/12/1996Committee StatusAdministratively Inactive
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.nps.gov/boha/index.htm
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*28
Current Charter Date2/25/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*General Superintendent, National Parks of Boston
Date Of Renewal Charter2/25/2010Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michael
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Creasy
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 104-333Designated Federal Officer Phone*(617) 242-5644
Effective Date Of Authority*11/12/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*micheal_creasy@nps.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council's purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership on the development and implementation of the general management plan for the islands, including ongoing park operations. The Council has two seats on the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, as required by P.L. 104-333. The Council is the primary mechanism used by the Partnership to consult with the public on matters of park planning and management, doing so through public meetings, workshops, and other general public forums.

The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council directly aids the NPS in meeting the DOI's goal to "Restore trust and be a good neighbor." Council engagement with the public and with park management promotes transparency and provides a regular channel through which community members and organizations can share information with park management. This Council also furthers the SOI's goal to uphold its responsibilities to foster government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes. One Council member is appointed to represent Mashpee Wampanoag, a federally recognized tribe within Massachusetts.

Additional benefits to the NPS and DOI stem from the efficiencies created when park managers have one streamlined source to collect information from public interest groups. This reduces the amount of time park staff spends engaging with individual community members and organizations. The Council does the work of capturing broad interest for the government, reducing the amount of staffing needed to collect public comment for planning decisions.
How is membership balanced?*The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council consists of not fewer than 18 individuals, to be appointed by the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service. The Secretary appoints no fewer than three individuals to represent each of the following categories of entities: municipalities; educational and cultural institutions; environmental organizations; business and commercial entities, including those related to transportation, tourism and the maritime industry; Boston Harbor-related advocacy organizations; and organizations representing Native American interests. Community groups are also represented on the Council.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Advisory Council has been made administratively inactive and has not met since 2017.

The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council typically holds four meetings per year. Meetings focus on issues related to Council membership and bylaws, community outreach efforts, anniversaries, general operations, and discussed the Council's role as a FACA committee and as a voting member of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council was established to represent constituents of the island system. The island system is comprised of 34 islands within the Boston Harbor that are owned by private sector, state, municipal, and USCG entities. This Council is mandated to seek advice from concerned citizens and organizations that have an interest in the park, serving as a liaison between park management and the general public. The 28-member Council includes representatives of seven distinct interest groups, representing business and commercial interests, including those related to the maritime industry, tourism, and water transportation; municipalities; volunteer organizations; education and cultural organizations; and Native American interests.

Native American interests are of particular importance in management decisions due to the park's enabling legislation that highlights the importance of understanding the history of Native American use and involvement with the islands. The Council has traditionally served as the main vehicle for park management to collect and incorporate the interests and history of Native American communities in park planning.

The importance of including other special interest groups, including private industry, local municipalities, and volunteer and advocacy organizations in park planning and decision making stems from the nature of the park and its surrounding community. Located proximal to a large urban landscape, Boston Harbor Islands decision making has the potential to impact many of the local communities it serves. Conversely, the decisions made by these special interest groups have the potential to impact park resources. The Council has proved a useful tool for information sharing and community-responsive planning that allows park managers to gather input, gain an understanding of public perspective, and address questions and concerns in a single forum. This use of a single, stream-lined public input process reduces the amount of time park management spends on engaging with individual community members and organizations. This adds to the park's ability to reach a larger audience with limited federal resources.

During the period of the federal advisory council suspension, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area has had challenges in gathering public input. Input from private businesses, special interest groups, and community members is rooted in the foundation of the park and remains critical to park planning and decision making. Without the Council, the park can expect to spend substantial time and resources on gathering public input from various sources individually. This approach is generally less efficient and effective than utilizing an advisory council.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open.
Recommendation Remarks(1) EXPECTED CHARTER RENEWAL DATE -- Pursuant to the Commission's enabling legislation (P.L. 104-333), the biennial rechartering provisions of section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are waived for the Council.
(2) EXPECTED COMMITTEE TERMINATION DATE/SPECIFIC TERMINATION AUTHORITY -- The enabling legislation anticipates the Commission will exist into the foreseeable future, without termination.
The Council did not meet in FY 2018. The Council did not meet in FY 2019.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Advisory Council has been made administratively inactive and as such, did not meet in FY 2019.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*22Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentBoston Harbor Islands Advisory Council has not made any recommendations to park management in 2019 due to being made administratively inactive. Some individual council members have remained engaged with park management during the period of suspension, but have represented their own views as individuals rather than those of Advisory Council Member.

Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council has provided a total of 22 recommendations to park management. Approximately 30% of those recommendations have been fully implemented by the agency. Approximately 60% of those recommendations have been partially implemented by the agency.

Summary of Council activities:

Provided comment and public meetings for park's General Management Plan- 2000
Provided position on new runway at Boston Logan International Airport- 2001
Provided position on development of water transportation system- 2001
Developed Native American media project- 2003
Developed community outreach strategy- 2003
Provided comment on Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Initiative- 2003
Provided statement on Wind Energy Initiative- 2003
Gathered public comments on Peddocks Island Adaptive Reuse of Fort Andrews Project- 2005
Submitted statement on liquified natural gas facility on Outer Brewster Island- 2006
Provided analysis of park's strategic plan, with several recommendations for improvement- 2006
Reviewed and commented on branding initiative of park's nonprofit partner- 2007
Provided list of park priorities, identifying 66 recommendations with 10 top priorities- 2008
Gathered public comment on Georges Island Pier Project- 2008
Hosted several public comment workshops to develop park's 2016 Strategic Plan, providing written and verbal comments- 2009
Provided recommendations for public outreach via social media- 2010
Reviewed a draft communication guide- 2010
Provided input on the park's pet policy- 2010
Provided feedback on moorings, marina operations, and park infrastructure- 2012
Provided input on park's Call to Action Plan and Solid Waste Initiative- 2012
Held public workshop to present the 2013 Boston University Master of City Planning and Urban Affairs Symposium Team's Advisory Plan- 2013
Provided recommendations to update the park's General Management Plan- 2013
Participated in a workshop to advise and assist in the development of a State of the Park report- 2014
Council focused inward on developing plans for increasing public participation in park management- 2015
Council focused on increasing membership, understanding council structure, and goal setting- 2016
Council suspension- 2017
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Council gives regular feedback to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Observations and comments are ongoing and discussions are consensus based. The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership listens to the members of the Council on all aspects of Partnership deliberations. The Council will often submit multiple recommendations in one document or at one meeting. Managers often agree with 90% or more of the content, and do incorporate the Council's recommendations into plans and actions but there is not always funding available to fully implement.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Council gives regular feedback to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Observations and comments are ongoing and discussions are consensus based. The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership listens to the members of the Council on all aspects of Partnership deliberations. The Council will often submit multiple recommendations in one document or at one meeting. Managers often agree with 90% or more of the content, and do incorporate the Council's recommendations into plans and actions but there is not always funding available to fully implement.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback CommentThe Agency provides feedback through updates at Partnership, Advisory Council, and committee meetings. Partnership members and the Superintendent, the DFO, attend meetings so there is an exchange of information. When appropriate, feedback is provided by email, fax, mail, social media or web pages.Narrative Description*Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area has unique legislation whereby the National Park Service does not own any land but instead serves as a facilitator at the landscape-scale for planning and coordination of resource management, educational, and operational activities. The legislation established a Federal Operating Committee, the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership that collaboratively developed a general management plan and established the Partnership as the body to coordinate actions. The Partnership consists of appointed officials representing landholders within the park. Two additional Partnership positions are held by members of the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council, that are appointed as individuals. These Council seats capture the interest of business and commercial interests, volunteer and advocacy organizations, education and cultural organizations, and Native American interests.

All federal funds appropriated to the park may only be expended in a ratio of one federal dollar to at least three dollars from other sources. Non-federal funding levels have routinely exceeded that threshold with substantial investment from the private sector, state, and local municipal fund sources. Legislation further prevents federal funds from being utilized for the acquisition of lands, keeping land within the park in ownership of state, municipal, and private sector entities which maintains a regulatory balance and reduces the amount of federal funding utilized in park operations.
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COSTS

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*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
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*$0.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001513Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2017
 COM-002745Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2016
 COM-003520Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2015
 COM-004965Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2014
 COM-005747Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2013
 COM-006983Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2012
 COM-007876Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2011
 COM-009168Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2010
 COM-009994Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2009
 COM-011245Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2008
 COM-011783Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2007
 COM-012963Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2006
 COM-013654Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2005
 COM-014958Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2004
 COM-015617Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2003
 COM-016880Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2002
 COM-017542Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2001
 COM-018870Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2000
 COM-019369Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council1999
 COM-020956Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council1998
 COM-033295Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council2018