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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameEPA Board of Scientific CounselorsAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5132
Original Establishment Date2/23/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.epa.gov/bosc
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date5/9/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter5/9/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Tracy
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Request for ApprovalDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-6518
Effective Date Of Authority*2/23/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-565-2911
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*tracy.tom@epa.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee did not meet in FY2018. The BOSC was reconstituted through a comprehensive outreach and nomination process. The committee plans to meet several times in FY2019. In retrospect during FY 2017, BOSC issued a report to EPA's Office of Research and Development. The report included reports addressing charge questions posed by five of the National Research Program areas and the review of the four crosscuttingRoadmap Annual Reports programs: Climate Change Research, Environmental Justice Research, Children's Health and Nitrogen. The BOSC also delivered a Letter Report on Social Science.
How is membership balanced?*The selection of board members who are appropriately highly qualified, diverse, and have broad experience in the fields of science, engineering, and the social sciences, is crucial to the success of BOSC. Selected individuals must be nationally recognized experts as judged by their research record, publications, and professional standing in their respective community. Balance in disciplines and area of expertise is essential for the work to be performed on the BOSC committee. Balance in work sector/employing institution, and geographic distribution area is desirable. Work sectors currently represented on the BOSC EC include: academia, industry, research institutes, environmental consulting firms, and environmental organization/association.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The BOSC Executive Committee expects to meet approximately 2-3 times a year. There were no meetings in FY2018, but plan to meet in FY2019. The EC met in FY 2017 and four of the BOSC subcommittees each met to deliberate and advise ORD on issues associated with its six research programs. Meetings are relevant to the EPA/ORD research agenda because they provide the opportunity to receive advice and recommendations from recognized experts for the purpose of strategically focusing and continually improving the research programs. Meetings are timely because they help the research programs keep current with the continuing advances in science and technology, and help provide feedback and input from the continually changing needs of the users of ORD's research outputs, tools, and products.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*ORD conducts leading-edge research and fosters the use of science and technology to fulfill EPA’s mission. The BOSC was established to support this mission of providing the highest quality scientific and engineering knowledge and tools to serve as the basis for sound environmental decisions. The BOSC is essential to ORD’s success by: providing advice on research and development to identify, understand, and solve current and future environmental problems; reviewing ORD's technical support to EPA’s program and regional offices; providing leadership in assisting ORD in identifying emerging environmental issues; and, helping to advance the science and technology of risk assessment and risk management. The BOSC conducts comprehensive retrospective and prospective technical reviews of ORD’s research programs and provides objective and independent counsel to the ORD Assistant Administrator. BOSC not only conducts program reviews but also evaluates the utilization of peer review within ORD – both functions that cannot be performed by the Agency itself. ORD has been implementing external reviews of its research programs via the BOSC mechanism. BOSC reviews of ORD research programs include input on ORD’s past performance and future directions. The BOSC has completed 17 in-depth program reviews and eleven progress reviews of ORD research programs since it began conducting these reviews in 2004, as well as reviews of its Laboratories and Centers. External reviews are considered vitally important to help ORD: plan, implement, and strengthen its research programs; compare the program with programs designed to achieve similar outcomes in other parts of EPA and in other federal agencies and non governmental organizations; make research investment decisions over the next five years; prepare EPA’s performance and accountability reports to Congress; and respond to evaluations of federal research.EPA continues to need a body such as BOSC to provide objective, independent, external advice on ORD’s research programs, focusing on their strategic direction, management processes, quality, relevance, and performance.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed or partially closed.
Recommendation RemarksMembers 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 GovernmentYesAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNo comments
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentBOSC reports are recognized as significant input into the evolution of ORD’s R&D program and will result in changes to ORD's strategic directions and research plans.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*623Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY 2017, BOSC issued a report on ORD's Research Programs which included 77 recommendations and a Letter Report on Social Science with 5 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*88.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentORD is fully implementing 76 of the 77 recommendations and not implementing 1 recommendation. ORD is also imlementing all 5 recommendations from the Social Science Letter.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*12.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentORD is in the process of developing a response to the BOSC report.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNo comments.
Agency Feedback CommentThe Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) transmits a letter to the Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), indicating how and when ORD will address and implement the recommendations/advice provided by the BOSC. This letter and any attachments are posted along with the respective BOSC report on the BOSC internet website at https://www.epa.gov/boscNarrative Description*The BOSC conducts comprehensive retrospective and prospective technical reviews of ORD’s research programs. The BOSC provides advice and recommendations on ORD’s individual research programs and overall research effort. This includes evaluating ORD’s science and engineering programs and plans, the performance of ORD’s laboratories and centers, and ORD’s research-management practices. Recommendations focus on specific actions ORD can take to improve the quality, relevance, and performance (e.g., timeliness, and demonstrated impact of its research in support of EPA’s mission (i.e., in support of the science and engineering research needs of EPA’s Program and Regional Offices and ORD’s role as a leader in the environmental research community)). BOSC reports are recognized as significant inputs into the evolution of all parts of the ORD R&D program, ensuring that ORD not only “does the right science” but “does the science right.” ORD's use of the BOSC meets the critical need for independent program evaluations and program improvement recommendations. The BOSC reports and ORD's responses have been used as key evidence in OMB's reviews to assess the extent to which independent evaluations demonstrate that ORD's programs are effective, as well as the extent to which ORD programs are taking actions to improve performance. Accomplishments for FY 2018: The committee did not meet in FY2018, but does plan to meet and deliver a report in FY 2019. Accomplishments for FY 2017: The BOSC Executive Committee met in Durham, NC on January 11-13, 2017 to review, summarize and synthesize the five subcommittee draft reports. The Report was delivered to EPA May 8, 2017. The report included the five subcommittee program reviews, and review of the cross-cutting roadmap annual reports. The EPA response is currently being prepared. The BOSC also delivered a Letter Report on Social Science.
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COSTS

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Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
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Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
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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
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

 
ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032027Air and Energy Subcommittee2019
 COM-032255Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee2019
 COM-032067Homeland Security Subcommittee2019
 COM-031410Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee2019
 COM-032082Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032761EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2018
 COM-001733EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2017
 COM-002807EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2016
 COM-003626EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2015
 COM-004899EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2014
 COM-005892EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2013
 COM-006797EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2012
 COM-007833EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2011
 COM-008985EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2010
 COM-010148EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2009
 COM-011076EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2008
 COM-012044EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2007
 COM-012774EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2006
 COM-013883EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2005
 COM-014857EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2004
 COM-015542EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2003
 COM-016619EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2002
 COM-017766Board of Scientific Counselors2001
 COM-018624Board of Scientific Counselors2000
 COM-019519Board of Scientific Counselors1999
 COM-020553Board of Scientific Counselors1998
 COM-021614Board of Scientific Counselors1997