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Committee NameScientific Earthquake Studies Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number12152
Original Establishment Date11/13/2000Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*8
Current Charter Date4/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake & Geologic Hazards
Date Of Renewal Charter4/30/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jonathan
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Godt
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 106-503Designated Federal Officer Phone*(303) 273-8626
Effective Date Of Authority*11/13/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*303-273-8600
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Advisory Committee advises the Director on matters relating to the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, including the United States Geological Survey’s roles, goals and objectives within that Program, its capabilities and research needs, guidance on achieving major objectives, and establishing and measuring performance goals. The Advisory Committee shall issue an annual report to the Director of the USGS for submission to Congress on or before September 30 of each year.
How is membership balanced?*Individuals are qualified in the seismic sciences and other appropriate fields. Selection of individuals shall be based solely on the established records of distinguished service and a reasonable cross-section of views and expertise is represented. Due consideration is given to recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, professional societies, and other appropriate organizations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 2
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Advisory Committee is established pursuant to the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Authorization Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-503). The Committee advises the Director of the USGS on matters relating to the USGS's participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, including roles, goals, and objectives within that Program.
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 ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe USGS uses the committee's recommendations to guide the Earthquake Hazards Program.
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 CommentIf the Committee's recommendations are acted on and effective, the cost savings would be measured in terms of losses avoided during earthquake disasters.Grants Review CommentThe committee is advisory not decision-making.
Number Of Recommendations*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFour recommendations were conveyed in the committee’s 2019 annual report to the USGS Director. These recommendations were developed during the committee’s meeting of August 6-7, and delivered in their annual report in early October.

The four recommendations may be briefly summarized as follows:

(1) recommending that the USGS develop the ability to dynamically scale web services following large earthquakes;

(2) supporting the recommendation of a statewide California rollout of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, with appropriate protocols for working with adjacent states and nations that might benefit from an alert to a California event;

(3) recommending changes in USGS travel policies that will allow USGS staff supported by the Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) to attend major earthquake science meetings as needed; and

(4) reaffirming the committee’s belief and recommendation from our 2018 report, that the budget for the USGS EHP should be in line with the findings of the National Research Council report that documents a need for nearly quadrupling its budget if the EHP is to fulfill the expectations of the nation.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe committee’s annual report and recommendations were received near the end of the fiscal year. The USGS is in the process of considering appropriate actions that respond to the recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentUSGS has undertaken certain actions in response to recommendations (1) and (2)..Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Commentonline agency web site:
Agency Feedback CommentThe Director of the USGS and the Associate Director for Natural Hazards have participated in past SESAC meetings and made presentations on topics of interest or timely issues brought before the Committee or the U.S. Geological Survey. The Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards reviews the committee recommendations and provides a status update to the committee at least once a year.Narrative Description*The Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee was appointed and charged to advise the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey on matters relating to that agency's participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The charge includes review of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program roles, goals, and objectives, assessment of its capabilities and research needs, guidance on achieving major objectives, and establishment of performance goals.
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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*$80,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$85,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$5,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$7,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,000.00
Total Costs$95,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$104,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.25Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.25
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033285Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001575Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002762Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003560Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004886Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005620Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007106Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007930Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009307Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009870Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011051Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011849Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013104Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013577Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014852Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015588Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016843Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee2002