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DOI - 80473 - Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameGateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number80473
Original Establishment Date8/28/2012Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date5/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintentent, Gateway National Recreation Area
Date Of Renewal Charter5/30/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameT.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Nersesian
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 3 of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-2(c))Designated Federal Officer Phone*(718) 354-4661
Effective Date Of Authority*8/18/1970Designated Federal Officer Fax*(718) 354-4764
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was established to provide advice on the development of a specific reuse plan for historic buildings within the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark, located entirely within the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Members share their experience and offer recommendations as the park begins to create a mixed community of residents, lodging, services and not-for-profit organizations within the Fort's historic buildings.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of members who represent a range of interests concerned with the management of Gateway National Recreation Area's Fort Hancock. They include: elected local officials, real estate experts, representatives of the education, hospitality, environmental, finance and arts communities, among others.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets, according to its charter, four to six times a year. The Committee met three times in FY 19.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Over the years, the NPS has tried numerous ways to develop a long term preservation solution for Fort Hancock. This time, the NPS wants to make sure that the local community and its concerns help the park design a viable, vigorous future for this promising, but deteriorating, local resource.The Committee provides a conduit between park staff and experts in several fields in the public arena. Its open meetings give concerned citizens a voice in the decision-making process in a manner consistent with FACA. Not only has the Committee helped the park develop a pilot program for leasing buildings, which will began in the fall of 2014, but also helped the park move ahead to the next phase of the leasing program. The Committee will comply with all NPS regulations, polices and directives; adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for historic preservation; and be subject to the requirements set forward by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open and will remain so. Open meetings have helped explain and ease concerns about the uses of the park by for-profit entities.
Recommendation RemarksThe Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) continues to advise the park regarding the adaptive reuse of historic Army buildings at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit. In FY 19 the Committee recommended that the Fort Hancock Leasing Program be formally designated as a site to pilot, test, and measure outcomes of new & creative NPS leasing initiatives. The Committee also adopted a recommendation to fully support accelerated implementation of Gateway's efforts to engage in pilot programs such as structural assessment and roof repairs. The Committee met and made recommendations in FY 2019.


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 ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Pilot Program to lease buildings selected two applicants for long term leases; negotiations are continuing with those applicants. One successful lease was achieved from this pilot program. A new rolling RFP was issued for all unused buildings on Officers Row (Buildings 2-17 & 21) and will continue until the park withdraws it. The park will add a few buildings to the current RFP and will in FY16 issue a commercial RFP for other buildings. The park is pursuing funding outside of the park's annual budget to rehabilitate Building 7 as a model structure, as was recommended by the committee.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentDevelopment of specific reuse strategies for approximately 30 historic buildings within Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit. These deteriorating buildings can be rehabilitated to provide a new century of service to the nation and the local community.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAdaptive reuse of the selected buildings at Fort Hancock should save the Federal Government an undetermined amount by offsetting the costs associated with rehabilitation or dismantling historic buildings. This will also save the government money from mothballing deteriorating buildings which threaten visitor safety as they become increasingly unstable.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*27Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFY 2019- 13 recommendations:

1. Gateway has the largest deferred maintenance (dm) portfolio of any park in the country and Fort Hancock accounts for a major share of that deficit. To facilitate the implementation of action-oriented solutions to address dm the committee recommends that the Fort Hancock Leasing Program be formally designated as a site to pilot, test, and measure outcomes of new and creative NPS leasing initiatives.

2. A key component includes the delegation of various leasing-related administrative authorities to the Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor.

3. The committee recommends that the NPS take whatever actions necessary to ensure the new budgetary resources be accompanied by administrative authorities and staffing resources necessary to accomplish the dm goals.

4. The committee recommends that the NPS prioritize its own investment in critical building infrastructure to encourage greater investment in the iconic Officers Row buildings.

5. Designate a single NPS point of contact to facilitate and expedite responsiveness to needs of lessees and prospective lessees.

6. Restructure the meeting format so that lessees and potential lessees are included in a comment period.

7. Review the recommendations at the end of each meeting for clarity.

8. Committee will receive and record member comments related to prior meeting minutes and action items at the beginning of each meeting.

9. Co-chairs will quickly review minutes and submit to NPS staff so NPS staff can send to Washington.

10. The committee supports and recommends accelerated implementation of Gateway's effort to engage in pilot programs such as structural assessment and roof repairs. Also to explore the potential for lessees /NPS to access grant funding to support redevelopment and improve the financial feasibility for reuse and explore possibilities for NPS to invest its resources in more effective ways to improve project cost effectiveness.

11. Operating procedures as adopted will be posted on the committee website.

12. Committee co-chairs, facilitator, and NPS staff will maintain a recommendation/task tracking document to be updated after every meeting and used to facilitate agenda and work development.

13. The standard $1 million per occurrence/$3 million aggregate is recommended as sufficient to NPS needs.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe park has agreed with the proposal that the Fort Hancock Leasing Program be formally recognized as a pilot program. Various leasing-related administrative authorities have been delegated to the Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. The NPS has prioritized its own investment in the critical building infrastructure for the Officers Row buildings. Committee meetings now include conversations with lessees and potential lessees. Co-chairs currently quickly review and return minutes so the park can submit meeting minutes to the Washington office. A task tracking document is maintained by NPS staff and co-chairs and up-dated after every meeting. The park has agreed that the standard $1 million liability insurance is sufficient and that the park should require minimum performance bonds based on costs of the NPS to maintain property. The new Sandy Hook brochure, along with all materials concerning the lease and many pages on the web, now use the full name of the National Historic Landmark. The park has proceeded with a Pilot Program to lease six buildings at Fort Hancock, a plan which the Committee has endorsed by consensus. The park has now moved onto the next phase of the leasing development, which the Committee has endorsed by consensus.The park is also vigorously pursuing funds to rehabilitate Building 7 on Officers Row as a model for future rehabilitation by leaseholders.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentGateway is working on hiring a position as the single NPS point of contact to facilitate and expedite needs of prospective lessees. Gateway is exploring opportunities for NPS to invest its resources in more effective ways to improve project cost effectiveness such as providing materials in bulk.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThis Committee's primary method of disseminating information to the public is through its own website, (The website address changed in FY 16.) The park issues press releases concerning upcoming meetings and other committee-related news and information. We accept queries through email and hold in-person public meetings, which include regularly scheduled public comment periods.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Agency provides feedback during Committee meetings. NPS staff are present during the meeting to answer questions and provide comments to ensure the Committee produces recommendations in accordance with federal laws and regulations.Narrative Description*The Committee will aid the National Park Service and Gateway National Recreation Area in developing a plan for the rehabilitation and preservation, through adaptive reuse, of historic structures within the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark. These impressive buildings will will be home to a new, mixed use community combining residences, visitor services, lodging, offices and not-for-profit organizations. A Pilot Program began in the fall of 2014, with more buildings made available for lease in CY15 and CY16. The first signed lease took place in the spring of 2016.
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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*$188,403.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$250,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$11,845.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$40,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$1,111.05Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$2,000.00
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*$257.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$453.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$202,069.05Est. Total Next FY*$293,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.20
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National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033227Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001498Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002899Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003663Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004858Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005768Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007155Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2012