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EPA - 5132 - EPA Board of Scientific Counselors - Agency Authority


Committee NameEPA Board of Scientific CounselorsAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number5132
Original Establishment Date2/23/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date4/5/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter4/5/2024Designated 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*Designated Federal Officer Phone*(919) 541-4334
Effective Date Of Authority*2/23/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The BOSC was reconstituted through a comprehensive outreach and nomination process over the past year. The BOSC will review all of ORD's research and deliver reports answering ORD's charge questions.
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 and subcommittee are expected to meet approximately 1-3 times a year. In FY22 BOSC met seven times. All five subcommittees held meetings and the EC met four times. 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 over 30 in-depth program reviews of ORD's research programs since it began conducting these reviews. 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.


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*699Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentEPA has responded to one of the reports which included 13 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*87.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentORD is currently preparing their response to the report.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*13.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentORD is currently preparing their response to the report.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNo comments.
Agency Feedback Comment*The 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 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 centers, 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. The BOSC Executive Committee met five times to review and concur on subcommittee reports as well as conducted a consultation on environmental justice and equity.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$73,035.03Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$50,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$5,326.75Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$3,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$208,034.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$210,000.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$197,159.30Est. Other Costs Next FY*$200,000.00
Total Costs$483,555.08Est. Total Next FY*$503,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/12/2022 11:31 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.70
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.70Est Cost Remarks
Cost RemarksTotal costs are much lower due to all virtual meetings and no travel. Also reduction in FTE.  
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Interest Areas

Environmental Issues
Public Health
Research and Development


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032027Air and Energy Subcommittee2022
 COM-032255Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Human Health Risk Assessment Subcommittee2022
 COM-038896Climate Science Committee Subcommittee2022
 COM-032067Homeland Security Subcommittee2022
 COM-031410Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee2022
 COM-040578Social and Community Science Subcommittee2022
 COM-032082Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039181EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2021
 COM-038031EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2020
 COM-035596EPA Board of Scientific Counselors2019
 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