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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2018Committee 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*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*micheal_creasy@nps.gov
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 Partnership regularly consults with the Council at Partnership meetings, Partnership Committee meetings, and Advisory Council meetings. In 2016, the Council members gave regular feedback throughout the year on on-going operational issues . The council revised its bylaws and continues to figure out how to structure itself to become more effective. The Council also looked at ways to reinvigorate membership.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council is constituted in accordance with P.L. 104-333. It consists of 28 voting members representing 7 groups with interests in the park, including 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; and community groups.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council did not meet in FY 2018. The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council typically holds four meetings per year. Due to low membership and NPS staffing limitations, there were only three meetings held in CY 2016. The meetings focused on issues related to Council membership and bylaws, community outreach efforts, celebrating 2016 (NPS 100th, park's 20th, and Boston Light's 300th) 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?*The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council was established by the Congress in P.L. 104-333 to advise the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership on issues related to the development and implementation of the integrated resource management plan and ongoing operation of the park. The Council, which has two seats on the Partnership, is mandated to seek advice from concerned citizens and organizations that have an interest in the park.
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.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Council did not meet in FY 2018. The Council provides regular input about long-term planning for the park as well as the input about day-to-day operations and demonstrates citizen participation. The Council also provides constructive criticism on a wide variety of park issues. The Council commented on the park's draft general management plan on 7/28/2000. Several members and their organizations also sent in written comments during the public review. The Council held a series of 8 public meetings to gather public opinion on the park's general management plan in June 2000. The Council prepared a park report card from 8/19/2000 to 10/9/2000. This report card gave a rating to Partnership regarding their success. The report card also contained several recommendations about improving facilities, programming and water transportation systems. In the summer of 2000, the Council recommended that partners give a clear statement about their plans and intentions to contribute capital and operating funds to the park's current strategic plan. On 3/7/2001, the Council prepared a position on a proposed new Logan Airport runway. On 9/12/2001, the Council recommended that park managers should partner with MBTA & Massport to improve park water transportation systems. The Council participated in development of a Native American Media Project in 2003. From January 8 to December 20, 2003, the Council developed a community outreach strategy plan during a series of public workshops. This process identified stakeholders and obstacles to community involvement. The plan included recommendations about facility improvements as well as suggestions for new events and program offerings that would attract new park users. The Council reviewed and commented on the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Initiative on September 3, 2003. The Council submitted a statement on its position regarding wind energy development in the park on 12/3/2003. The Council gathered public comments on the Peddocks Island Adaptive Reuse of Fort Andrews Project on 9/7/2005. On 1/17/2006, the Council submitted a statement on their opposition to a liquefied natural gas facility being sited on Outer Brewster Island. The Council presented an analysis of park's strategic plan on 3/1/2006. This report analyzed the success of the Partnership and contained several recommendations for improvement. The Council submitted a list of park priorities to the Partnership on 3/5/2008. This list identified 66 recommendations, and the 10 they suggested as top priorities for the Partnership to focus on. The Council reviewed and commented on a branding initiative spearheaded by the park's non-profit partner, Boston Harbor Island Alliance on 12/5/2007. The Council gathered public comment about Georges Island Pier Project on 11/19/2008. The council participated in several committee workshops as part of the process of developing the park's 2016 strategic plan. They provided both written and verbal comments during the planning process. (The plan was adopted by the Partnership on 9/15/2009). The Council recommended the park start a Facebook page at the annual meeting on 3/3/2010. The Council was invited to review a draft communication guide in June 2010. The Council submitted a list of issues at the 9/15/2010 meeting that managers should consider when developing a pet policy.On 12/01/2010, Council members made further recommendations that managers should consider when developing a pet policy. On 6/6/2012, Council members gave specific feedback about moorings, marina operations, and dock infrastructure. On 9/12/2012, Council members gave input on the park's Call to Action plan and solid waste initiative. On 5/18/2013, the Council held a public workshop presenting the 2013 Boston University Master of City Planning and Urban Affairs Symposium Team's Advisory Plan. The Advisory Plan gave recommendations for updating the park's general management plan. Council members recommended the park take action on the Advisory Plan. On 4/10/2014 and 4/11/2014 the Council participated in a workshop to advise and assist in the development of a State of the Park report. 2015 was a year of reflection and mobilization for the Council. There were no formal recommendations made by the Council as a whole, but much work was done laying the groundwork for increasing public participation in park management. 2016 was a year of rebuilding, much focus was put on increasing membership and understanding council structure, and goal setting. Due to low membership and NPS staffing limitations, there was only one meetings held in FY 2017. The meeting focused on issues related to Council membership and bylaws, community outreach efforts, celebrating 2016 (NPS 100th, park's 20th, and Boston Light's 300th) anniversaries, general operations, and discussed the Council's role as a FACA committee and as a voting member of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.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 CommentNo formal recommendations were put forth by the Council in 2018. No formal recommendations were put forth by the Council in 2017. No formal recommendations were put forth by the Council as a whole in FY 2016. The Council gives recommendations on an ongoing basis. Observations and comments are ongoing. Council members advise in a variety of ways: they participate in working committees of the Partnership, and advise during the process of product or policy development; they serve as voting Partners on the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership; and, they and members of the public give valuable insights to managers at the quarterly Advisory Council meetings. The Council is also involved in outreach efforts to increase public participation in the dialogue about management of the park.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*No meetings were held this fiscal year. The mission of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is to make the Boston Harbor Islands system--with opportunities for education, recreation, and restful solitude within an urban area--an integral part of the life of the region and the nation by protecting the islands and their associated resources while at the same time improving public knowledge and access. The Advisory Council supports the park's mission by advising the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership on operational issues and by serving as a conduit for public opinion. The Advisory Council is the primary mechanism of the Partnership to consult with the public on matters of park planning and management. Members of the Council encourage the involvement of individuals and communities (both geographic and affinity groups) in park management issues by providing information about the park and delivering the feedback they receive back to the Partnership. The Council supports the goals defined in the park's strategic plan.
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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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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

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