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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health SciencesAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number804
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/bsc/index...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date12/1/1986Designated Fed Officer Position Title*SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*DARRYL
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*ZELDIN
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixMD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(919) 541-1169
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(919) 541-4214
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*zeldin@niehs.nih.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board assesses the quality of the Institute's intramural research program and evaluates productivity and performance of principal investigators and other staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research program. The Board is composed of scientific and technical experts. The Board provides indispensable evaluation and advisory functions in the science management of the intramural research program. Besides the formal meetings for peer review of each laboratory, the chairman and individual Board members are frequently consulted for advice on staff appointments, scientific needs and program development. The Board's reviews and responses from the Scientific Director are also made available to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of 10 members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the specialized fields of environmental health sciences, for example, environmental carcinogenesis, molecular biology, and reproductive development. The advisory role of the Board is scientific and substantive. The Board, through periodic visits to the laboratories, assesses the research in progress and evaluates productivity and performance of staff scientists, laboratory/branch chiefs and the Scientific Director.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board holds approximately two to three meetings each year for these peer reviews of intramural laboratories on a rotating basis as required by the PHS Act. The Board met twice in FY2018, on November 12-15, 2017 and on April 15-17, 2018 to (1) provide advice on staff appointments and program development as well as to review the organization and conduct of research in the Genome Integrity and Structural Biology Laboratory and (2) provide advice on staff appointments and program development as well as to review the organization and conduct of research in the Structural Biology Laboratory, and (3) provide advice on staff appointments and program development as well as to review the organization and conduct of research.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board is composed of recognized basic and applied research authorities in areas highly relevant to the environmental health sciences from outside the NIH in order to secure unbiased, thorough and objective evaluation of intramural research programs.
Why close or partially close meetings?Portions of the meetings of the Board were closed for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual programs and projects conducted by the Institute, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, the competence of individual investigators, and similar items, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Section 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits the closing of meetings where discussion could reveal personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function - Other: Scientific and Technical Peer Review.

DFO and Committee Decision Maker positions are held by the same individual based on the assignment of responsibilities within the Division of Intramural Research, NIEHS.

This committee did not produce any reports this fiscal year.

Administrative Extensions for 6 months: Adler, Celedon, McDonnell, and Vasquez.

Dr. Michele Basso resigned February 19, 2018.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction 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 CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of the intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Board of Scientific Counselors assesses the quality of the Institute's intramural research program and evaluates productivity and performance of principal investigators and other staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research program.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe research conducted in these laboratories are aimed at prevention of environmental diseases.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*108Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Scientific Director evaluated the major Board recommendations regarding headcount, resources and space alterations for each investigator. In addition each investigator, in consultation with the Lab/Branch Chief and the Scientific Director, composed a response and actions to be taken as a result of the Board's specific scientific or clinical critique. The entire set of action items that the Scientific Director proposes were reported to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research for concurrence.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentThe Board discusses all prior recommendations and the status of these recommendations are summarized annually.Narrative Description*The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by conducting research in its own laboratories. Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492. Section 492(b) states that the Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. This Board assesses the quality of the Institute intramural research programs and evaluates the productivity and performance of staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research program.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$9,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$9,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$206,109.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$181,734.00
Payments to Consultants*$18,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$18,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,780.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,900.00
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*$31,566.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$31,919.00
Other Costs$3,162.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,226.00
Total Costs$277,617.00Est. Total Next FY*$253,779.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.70Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-001743Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2017
 COM-002220Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2016
 COM-004036Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2015
 COM-004436Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2014
 COM-005932Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2013
 COM-006506Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2012
 COM-008022Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2011
 COM-008668Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2010
 COM-010309Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2009
 COM-010651Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2008
 COM-012250Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2007
 COM-012875Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2006
 COM-013964Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2005
 COM-014803Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2004
 COM-015938Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2003
 COM-016760Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2002
 COM-017654Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2001
 COM-018370Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2000
 COM-019557Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences1999
 COM-020648Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences1998
 COM-021688Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences1997