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FCAH - 738 - Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel - Authorized by Law


Committee NameArts and Artifacts Indemnity PanelAgency NameFederal Council on the Arts and Humanities
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number738
Original Establishment Date12/20/1978Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*16
Current Charter Date11/19/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*General Counsel, National Endowment for the Humanities
Date Of Renewal Charter11/19/2023Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michael
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McDonald
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*20 U.S.C. 958; 20 U.S.C. 971-977Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 606-8322
Effective Date Of Authority*12/20/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee's objectives and scope of activities include: (1) advising the FCAH of policy options related to the administration of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act; (2) reviewing and recommending for approval applications for Federal indemnity; (3) providing expert judgment with respect to the dollar valuation, the adequacy of packing, shipping, and security arrangements, and the cultural, historical, educational, and scientific significance of the objects to be indemnified; and (4) reviewing and advising the FCAH on claims submitted or payments made under the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act.The FCAH is authorized to make indemnity agreements to cover loss or damage for a single exhibition up to $1.8 billion, with an aggregate amount of agreements not to exceed $22.5 billion at any one time. Exhibitions that may be indemnified are: works of art, including tapestries, paintings, sculpture, folk art, graphics and craft arts; manuscripts, rare documents, books and other printed or published materials; other artifacts; photographs, motion pictures, or digital materials.
How is membership balanced?*The committee is comprised of museum curators, directors, registrars, and conservators. Members are chosen for their expertise in organizing traveling exhibitions, knowledge of the international art market and valuations, and judgment about minimizing risks to the Treasury. Curators have specific areas of expertise (e.g., European art, modern art, decorative arts, sculpture) in order to judge valuations. Additional considerations for committee membership include the size and type (public or private) of the museum from which the member is chosen, as well as the museum's geographic location.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The panel meets four times a year. These meetings occur prior to the meetings of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Because of the uniqueness of the Arts and Artifact Indemnity Program and the questions that arise concerning security, valuations, and transportations of art and artifacts, the advice obtained from the panel could not be obtained from any other source.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel reviews applications for indemnity for exhibitions of art and artifacts traveling to and from the United States, as well as domestic exhibitions. It is essential to keep the values of objects to be indemnified, methods of transportation, and museum security measures confidential in order to protect these artifacts and works of art from loss or damage.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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*1,619Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The decisions of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities are reported to the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel at subsequent meetings.Narrative Description*The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program is the only responsibility of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$10,300.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$13,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$319,083.89Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$327,776.82
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$250.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$250.00
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$200.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$200.00
Total Costs$329,833.89Est. Total Next FY*$341,226.82
Date Cost Last Modified12/1/2022 10:57 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Interest Areas

Arts and Humanities


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-038949Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2021
 COM-036906Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2020
 COM-035772Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2019
 COM-033657Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2018
 COM-001487Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2017
 COM-002653Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2016
 COM-003886Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2015
 COM-004636Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2014
 COM-005711Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2013
 COM-006793Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2012
 COM-007986Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2011
 COM-009082Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2010
 COM-010186Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2009
 COM-011004Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2008
 COM-011977Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2007
 COM-012795Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2006
 COM-013814Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2005
 COM-014702Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2004
 COM-015751Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2003
 COM-016600Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2002
 COM-017571Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2001
 COM-018743Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel2000
 COM-019528Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel1999
 COM-020633Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel1998
 COM-021432Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel1997