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Committee NameDietary Guidelines Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number34760
Original Establishment Date2/19/2013Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*at least 13, but not more than 17
Current Charter Date10/5/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Lead Nutritionist
Date Of Renewal Charter10/5/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Eve
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameEssery
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Stoody
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 Public Health Service ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 305-2563
Effective Date Of Authority*10/17/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides independent, science-based advice and recommendations for the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 which form the basis for Federal nutrition programs, nutrition standards, and nutrition education for the general public. The Committee uses a variety of tools to make recommendations that promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease for Americans. Through use of the original systematic reviews utilizing the Nutrition Evidence Library of the USDA, existing reports and meta-analyses, data analyses, and food pattern modeling, the Committee reviewed the science on nutrition, physical activity and medical science to answer their research questions. Conclusions that were made form the basis of the recommendations in their Advisory Committee Report to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
How is membership balanced?*The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition. The Committee members are respected and published experts in their fields. They are familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of the Dietary Guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public's health and well-being through their research and/or educational endeavors. Their expertise represents a variety of specialty areas, including the prevention of chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.), energy balance (including physical activity), epidemiology, food safety and technology, general medicine, gerontology, nutrient bioavailability, nutrition biochemistry and physiology, nutrition education, pediatrics, public health, and evidence review methodology.Equal opportunity practices regarding membership appointments to the Committee were aligned with USDA and HHS policies. Requests for membership to the Committee included, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities and persons with disabilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Number of Meetings: 7 over an 18 month period. The Committee initially expected to hold 5 meetings but added an additional meeting in FY 2014 and one more in FY 2015 in order to complete its report.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee was established for the single, time-limited task of reviewing the 2010 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and determining topics for which new scientific evidence is likely to be available that may inform revisions to the current guidance or suggest new guidance. The report of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is deemed necessary for improving the nutrition of Americans and, thus, is in the best interest of the public.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee held no closed meetings.
Recommendation RemarksThe initial meeting for the 2015 DGAC was held on June 13-14, 2013. The former HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh gave opening remarks at the meeting and administered the oath of office to the appointed Committee members. The USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services reviewed the Committee's charge at the meeting. A website was established to inform the public of the Committee's activities. The website provides all announcements, meeting materials, resources, etc. A public comment database also has been developed for the public to submit and read comments throughout the two-year advisory committee process. HHS/USDA jointly set up several administrative leadership and workgroup committees. The Dietary Guidance Management Team was formed with nutrition experts across USDA/HHS to support the 2015 DGAC committee needs in various areas. The USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library staff provides research assistance and systematic reviews. A Data Analysis team will provide future data needs and assistance. A training session was delivered to all federal support staff.

The DFO and HHS/USDA Co-executive Secretaries, along with the 2015 DGAC Committee Chair and Vice Chair and selected 2015 DGAC members and support staff meet as a Scientific Review Committee biweekly to provide scientific direction and ensure that timelines are met. From the2015 DGAC Meeting 1, three(3) Workgroups were formed to establish key topic areas to be researched and prioritized. Prior to the second meeting, suggested research questions were proposed and prioritized. Subcommittees were established to refine specific topic areas and prioritize the work, based on current scientific literature and medical knowledge, existing reports, data analysis, and the identification of systematic reviews or food pattern modeling to support the Committees research needs.

It was reported that 537 persons participated in one or both days of 2015 DGAC Meeting 1, approximately 1/3 in-person attendees and 2/3 via webcast.

All 2015 DGAC-related information and updates are posted to website. The only annual reporting requirement for the 2015 DGAC is updating and maintaining information that is posted in the FACA database for the annual comprehensive review. There is no additional requirement for the 2015 DGAC to provide an annual written report on the Committee's activities or accomplishments.

The DGAC held 4 meetings in FY 2014 (January, March, July, and September and held 2 meetings in FY 2015 (November and December, 2014) before submitting its report to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA in mid-February, 2015. At that time the DGAC disbanded. For that reason the FTE, personnel costs, and meeting costs were significantly lower in FY 2015 than in FY 2014.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction 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 CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCost savings cannot be determined but the potential benefits of providing the most up-to-date science in the form of Dietary Guidance for the general public is expected to have an impact on improving health outcomes by reducing the risk of chronic disease.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe 2015 DGAC was established to perform a single, time-limited task. The DGAC recommendations were submitted to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA in mid-February 2015 in the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. When recommendations from the Committee were submitted, the Committee completed its mission. The 2015 DGAC has been terminated.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentN/AAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentN/ANarrative Description*Pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 5341, the need for this Committee is solely advisory in nature. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) shall provide independent, science-based advice and recommendations for the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which form the basis of Federal nutrition policy, nutrition programs, nutrition standards, and nutrition education for the general public.
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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*$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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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031654 2018
 COM-031505Diet and Physical Activity Behavior Change2018
 COM-032437Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes2018
 COM-032091Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health: Current Status and Trends2018
 COM-032368Food and Physical Activity Environments2018
 COM-031508Food Sustainability and Safety2018


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-0041122015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2015
 COM-0044012015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2014
 COM-0058892015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2013
 COM-0086432010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2010
 COM-0096682010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2009
 COM-0107952010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2008
 COM-014429Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016049Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017290Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018318Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020089Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020099Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021799Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee1997