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Committee NameNational Coal CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number449
Original Establishment Date11/21/1984Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*150
Current Charter Date11/20/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy
Date Of Renewal Charter11/20/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Steven
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Winberg
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 586-6660
Effective Date Of Authority*11/21/1984Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 586-7085
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The NCC is chartered to provide the Secretary of Energy with advice and recommendations on general policy matters relating to coal. Since the NCC's establishment in 1984, it has prepared ~35 studies on a variety of important aspects of the coal industry. These studies are widely circulated and noted by the press, legislators, and academicians. They have been used extensively by the Department in making energy policy and enabled the Government to anticipate energy problems and needs.
How is membership balanced?*Council members are chosen to assure well-balanced representation from all sections of the country, all segments of the coal industry, including large and small companies, and commercial and residential consumers. The NCC also has members who represent interests outside the coal industry, including environmental, labor, research, academia, tribal governments, and state regulatory commissions.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NCC meets at least twice a year, mostly in Washington, D.C. Study groups meet as necessary. The time, place, and agenda of each Council and study group meeting are determined by its respective chairman, with the concurrence of the Department. The experience that resides in the NCC provides a perspective on the coal industry which is otherwise unavailable.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There is no other source that possesses the collective breadth, depth, and diversity of knowledge of coal and related industries that the NCC provides. No other existing advisory committee currently performs, or is capable of performing, the functions of the NCC. It would be impossible for the Department's staff to duplicate the knowledge and experience in addressing important coal issues or to do so by using alternative methods such as public hearings, solicitations of comment from the public, or contractors.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


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 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 RequirementsNoGrants 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 CommentBy conducting studies and analyses, and submitting reports with findings and recommendations, all of which is done at the Secretary's request and at a low cost to DOE, the National Coal Council saves DOE considerable funds.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*323Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentOver the life of the NCC (beginning in 1986) there have been ~35 reports, studies and white papers. These documents have made ~323 recommendations to the Secretary of Energy.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentOver the 35 year history of the Council, not more than fifty percent of recommendations have been implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*75.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations required Congressional action.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentBoth - Generally the Secretary (or his Representative) will meet and speak to Council Members twice per year. The next meeting will be scheduled for April 2020.Narrative Description*The National Coal Council provides advice and guidance on a continuing basis as requested by the Secretary of Energy on the general policy matters related to coal, including: Review of Federal policies which affect directly or indirectly the production, marketing and use of coal; Advice on plans, priorities and strategies to address more of effectively and technological, regulatory and social impact issues relating to coal production and use; Advice on appropriate balance between various elements of Federal coal-related programs; Advice on scientific and engineering aspects of coal technologies including emerging coal conversion, utilization or environmental control concepts; and Advice on the progress of coal research and development pursuant to the Office of Coal Research Act.
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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*$127,660.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$119,450.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$12,722.00Est 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*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$49,147.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$60,000.00
Total Costs$189,529.00Est. Total Next FY*$194,450.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.55
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033570National Coal Council2018
 COM-001348National Coal Council2017
 COM-002935National Coal Council2016
 COM-003616National Coal Council2015
 COM-004936National Coal Council2014
 COM-005608National Coal Council2013
 COM-007093National Coal Council2012
 COM-007816National Coal Council2011
 COM-009254National Coal Council2010
 COM-009889National Coal Council2009
 COM-011167National Coal Council2008
 COM-011662National Coal Council2007
 COM-013024National Coal Council2006
 COM-013602National Coal Council2005
 COM-015044National Coal Council2004
 COM-015524National Coal Council2003
 COM-016905National Coal Council2002
 COM-017472National Coal Council2001
 COM-018844National Coal Council2000
 COM-019239National Coal Council1999
 COM-020754National Coal Council1998
 COM-021328National Coal Council1997