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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameEPA Science Advisory BoardAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number734
Original Establishment Date1/1/1978Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.epa.gov/sab
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*around 45
Current Charter Date9/12/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter9/12/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityERDDAA ACT OF 1978, 42 U.S.C. 4365Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Carpenter
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*ERDDAA ACT OF 1978, 42 U.S.C. 4365Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-4885
Effective Date Of Authority*1/1/1978Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 565-2098
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*carpenter.thomas@epa.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), established in 1978 under the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act, provides independent peer review and advice to EPA on a wide range of scientific and technical aspects of environmental problems and issues and research needs. In FY 2018, the Tier 1 chartered SAB, and its Tier 2 subcommittees, as well as the Tier 3 subgroups completed peer reviews and provided advice and received informational briefings from EPA Offices on a wide variety of topical areas. The Tier 1 SAB held two meetings (one of which was a teleconference). Subcommittees held four teleconferences. The SAB produced four advisory reports and letters. It is developing advice on diverse topics, such as chemical toxicological assessments, factors to account for biogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, and the scientific and technical adequacy of major actions listed in the semi annual regulatory deregulatory agenda. A list of the reports and letters finalized in FY 2018 is included in the committee report section of the FACA database.
How is membership balanced?*The SAB is composed of about 45 members. The number of members may be adjusted as necessary to provide leadership to SAB committees and panels. Most SAB members serve as Special Government Employees appointed to provide their individual expert advice. Members are independent experts in the fields of science, engineering, and economics and other social sciences to provide a range of expertise required to assess the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues. In addition, the chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee is an SAB member.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The SAB, its subcommittees and subgroups, reviewed a variety of issues that the Agency must confront. The Board supports the Agency by using its broad base of scientific disciplines to review the scientific and technical basis of Agency regulatory and research activities.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Other EPA advisory committees do not have the scope and level of scientific talent required to provide the depth, objectivity, or credibility as does the Science Advisory Board. There are no similar efforts of the kind that the Board provides within the Agency. To avoid duplication, the Board maintains an active liaison with the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel, the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and other EPA advisory committees.
Why close or partially close meetings?The SAB annually conducts an independent review of the EPA Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards. These awards are established to honor and recognize EPA employees who have made outstanding contributions in the advancement of science and technology through their research and development activities, as exhibited in publication of their results in peer reviewed journals. The Administrator determined that these meetings should be closed to the public because they are concerned with recommending employees deserving of awards and involves professional judgments on the relative merits of various employees and their respective work. Such personnel matters involve the discussion of information that is of a personal nature, the disclosure of which would be a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and, therefore, is protected from disclosure by section (c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6).
Recommendation RemarksThe EPA Science Advisory Board has undertaken new tasks as requested by EPA which increased costs and person years. These will be examined with the next charter renewal.

Members are Tier 1 (parent committee members) or Tier 2 (subcommittee) members. In some cases, a member may be both Tier 1 and Tier 2.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction 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 CommentN/A
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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*877Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentEach advisory report is considered a recommendation. The SAB produced 4 reports in FY 2018 and a total of 877 advisory reports to EPA since 1973.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDifficult to quantify since many of the recommendations are applicable for long-range planning.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDifficult to quantify since many of the recommendations are applicable for long-range planning.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Agency prepares a written response acknowledging the advice and how the Agency will address it.Narrative Description*EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), established in 1978 under the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act, provides independent peer review and advice to EPA on a wide range of scientific and technical aspects of environmental problems and issues and research needs. In FY 2018, the Tier 1 chartered SAB, and its Tier 2 subcommittees, as well as the Tier 3 subgroups completed peer reviews and provided advice and received informational briefings from EPA Offices on a wide variety of topical areas. The Tier 1 SAB held two meetings (one of which was a teleconference). Subcommittees held four teleconferences. The SAB produced four advisory reports and letters and is developing advice on diverse topics, such as chemical toxicological assessments, factors to account for biogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, and the scientific and technical adequacy of major actions listed in the semi annual regulatory deregulatory agenda. A list of the reports and letters finalized in FY 2018 is included in the committee report section of the FACA database.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

 
ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032247Agricultural Science Committee2019
 COM-032341Chemical Assessment Advisory Subcommittee2019
 COM-032244Drinking Water Subcommittee2019
 COM-032375Ecological Processes and Effects Subcommittee2019
 COM-031502Environmental Economics Advisory Subcommittee2019
 COM-032342Environmental Engineering Subcommittee2019
 COM-031523Radiation Advisory Subcommittee2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032776EPA Science Advisory Board2018
 COM-001615EPA Science Advisory Board2017
 COM-002536EPA Science Advisory Board2016
 COM-003869EPA Science Advisory Board2015
 COM-004696EPA Science Advisory Board2014
 COM-006005EPA Science Advisory Board2013
 COM-006826EPA Science Advisory Board2012
 COM-008093EPA Science Advisory Board2011
 COM-008965EPA Science Advisory Board2010
 COM-009928EPA Science Advisory Board2009
 COM-010896EPA Science Advisory Board2008
 COM-012023EPA Science Advisory Board2007
 COM-012945EPA Science Advisory Board2006
 COM-013872EPA Science Advisory Board2005
 COM-014630EPA Science Advisory Board2004
 COM-015792EPA Science Advisory Board2003
 COM-016839EPA Science Advisory Board2002
 COM-017780EPA Science Advisory Board2001
 COM-018595EPA Science Advisory Board2000
 COM-019682EPA Science Advisory Board1999
 COM-020647EPA Science Advisory Board1998
 COM-021357EPA Science Advisory Board1997