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Committee NameEnvironmental Financial Advisory BoardAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number723
Original Establishment Date2/12/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*35
Current Charter Date4/18/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Regional Administrator for USEPA Region 7
Date Of Renewal Charter4/18/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Edward
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameH
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Chu
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency Decision MemoDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(913) 551-7333
Effective Date Of Authority*2/12/1991Designated Federal Officer Fax*(913) 551-7976
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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The EFAB (Board) initiates and develops its work products in two ways. It may either receive charges from EPA on specific environmental financing issues identified by EPA offices or the Board members may independently identify important environmental financing issues that they believe the Agency needs to consider. The Board utilizes working groups to do preparatory work, including developing draft responses to Agency charges. These working groups include members of the Board and may also include additional experts as needed. Following the identification and adoption of work projects, the EFAB may hold public meetings, information gathering workshops, and/or working group sessions to develop advisories, reports, and/or letters to the Agency. The project working group ultimately produces a draft working group product (advisory, report, letter) for full Board consideration, revision and approval. All final EFAB products are reviewed and approved by the full Board before transmittal to the Agency.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of representatives of non-federal interests, drawn from state and local governments, the finance and banking communities, business and industry, and local and national non-governmental organizations. The Board members have a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives required to address the wide variety of issues pertaining to environmental finance issues. The members also have geographic diversity to ensure the representation of regional perspectives. The Board may include, as needed, special government employee members who are appointed for their expertise and experience. Nominees apply in response to solicitation information provided through a Federal Register Notice.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board typically meets twice a year to discuss ongoing projects, consider draft work products developed by working groups, review requests for new projects, and develop an action agenda to direct Board work in the coming year. At such meetings, the Board also hears from invited EPA speakers on Agency priorities and financial matters as well as from external stakeholders on important and timely environmental financing issues. In FY 2019 the full Board held one meeting which was open to the public and numerous working group teleconference calls.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*EPA is committed to improving its finance knowledge base as evidenced by its Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, a multi-media finance team charged with pursuing finance solutions for all programs and levels of government and the private sector. The EFAB brings unique experiences and perspectives on complex, cross-media environmental financing issues that are not available within the Agency. These experiences and perspectives cover a wide range of public and private financing approaches necessary to pay for environmental programs, services, and infrastructure at the federal, state, and local levels. The average EFAB member has twenty or more years of experience in environmental finance, is often a national leader in their field and serves in an executive role. No other EPA advisory committee is structured or chartered to perform the EFAB's cross-media financing advisory function. The other EPA advisory committees are science or technology-oriented; address a specific environmental problem, rule or standard; or consider policy and education on a general basis. None look at how-to-pay issues on a real world, public/private basis, and none have the financing backgrounds and perspectives of the EFAB members.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were no closed or partially closed EFAB meetings during the year.
Recommendation RemarksTopic areas covered by the Board vary from year to year, ranging from a long-standing interest in public water financing mechanisms (particularly EPA’s clean water and drinking water state revolving loan fund programs) to public-private partnership approaches. In FY 2019, the Board provided advice on alternative project delivery pre-development best practices, pre-disaster resiliency investment and finance, financing a program to backhaul (remove) waste from rural Alaska communities, water system regionalization, and stormwater financing. In response to and accordance with the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-270), a working group of the Board (the Stormwater Financing Task Force) was established to study and report on federal, state, and local public and private sources of funding for stormwater infrastructure. In part, FY 2019 support costs for the Board exceeded the estimated costs in the charter as a result of the establishment and subsequent work of the EFAB Stormwater Financing Task Force.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
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 CommentStaff will continue to work the Agency’s program and regional offices to determine/measure cost savings.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*451Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board has made and transmitted 451 recommendations to EPA through the end of Fiscal Year 2019. The Board provided EPA with five reports during the year containing twenty recommendations, numerous findings, considerable environmental financing information, and highlighted opportunities for federal actions that could improve the delivery of effective and resilient environmental infrastructure and programs by EPA and its state, tribal, and local government partners.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*11.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe percentage reported is an estimate based on a review of recent Board reports. We will work with Agency program and regional offices to refine and improve the accuracy of our measurements and consistency regarding determinations in instances where the Board’s recommendations are fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*17.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe percentage submitted is an estimate based on a review of recent Board reports. We will work with Agency program and regional offices to refine and improve the accuracy of our measurements and consistency regarding determinations with regards to partial implementation of Board recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe EFAB does receive feedback from the Agency regarding actions taken to implement recommendations or advice to its advisories and reports. Formal Agency feedback is provided in a written response to each Board advisory product. In addition, the Board is often engaged with the Agency's most senior level officials through face-to-face meetings and consultations on the Agency's priorities and the Board's recommendations.Narrative Description*In FY 2019, the Board held one public meeting, numerous project working group meetings, and finalized five advisory reports. The Stormwater Financing Task Force, a working group of the Board, held one in-person meeting and numerous teleconference meetings to discuss and develop a draft report on funding options for stormwater infrastructure. The Task Force draft report will be provided to the Board in FY 2020 for its review and deliberation. In addition during FY 19, the Board discussed and developed standard operating procedures for all aspects of Board operations.
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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*$377,696.23Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$435,338.58
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$34,346.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$50,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$2,793.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$4,327.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$5,000.00
Other Costs$61,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$65,000.00
Total Costs$480,162.23Est. Total Next FY*$560,338.58
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.65
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 COM-002542Environmental Financial Advisory Board2016
 COM-003871Environmental Financial Advisory Board2015
 COM-004667Environmental Financial Advisory Board2014
 COM-005949Environmental Financial Advisory Board2013
 COM-006811Environmental Financial Advisory Board2012
 COM-008107Environmental Financial Advisory Board2011
 COM-009186Environmental Financial Advisory Board2010
 COM-010126Environmental Financial Advisory Board2009
 COM-010878Environmental Financial Advisory Board2008
 COM-011790Environmental Financial Advisory Board2007
 COM-012744Environmental Financial Advisory Board2006
 COM-013855Environmental Financial Advisory Board2005
 COM-014671Environmental Financial Advisory Board2004
 COM-015637Environmental Financial Advisory Board2003
 COM-016612Environmental Financial Advisory Board2002
 COM-017761Environmental Financial Advisory Board2001
 COM-018570Environmental Financial Advisory Board2000
 COM-019691Environmental Financial Advisory Board1999
 COM-020665Environmental Financial Advisory Board1998
 COM-021624Environmental Financial Advisory Board1997