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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameEnvironmental Financial Advisory BoardAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number723
Original Establishment Date2/12/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter
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*Request for ApprovalDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(913) 551-7333
Effective Date Of Authority*2/12/1991Designated Federal Officer Fax*(913) 551-7976
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*chu.ed@epa.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific 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 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 and decide upon important environmental financing issues that they believe the Agency needs to consider. 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. Topics 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 more recently, alternative project delivery pre-development best practices, pre-disaster resiliency investment and finance, Alaska waste backhaul program finance, and water system regionalization. Earlier in Fiscal Year 2018, the Board issued three reports/papers covering financing lead risk reduction, funding strategies for decentralized wastewater systems and financing strategies for domestic recycling programs. During the year, the Board worked on six major projects covering the topic areas referenced above. These projects will be completed during FY 2019.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of representatives, drawn from state and local governments, the finance and banking communities, business and industry, the environmental justice community, associations, academia, and public interest groups. The Board members have a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives required to address the wide variety of issues pertaining to environmental finance. The Board also has special government employee members who were appointed for their expertise/knowledge and/or special experience. Recommendations for nominees come from solicitation through the Federal Register, from the Designated Federal Official, EPA senior management, past and present Board members, and public and private organizations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full Board meets twice a year to discuss progress with ongoing projects, review requests for new projects and develop a strategic action agenda to direct Board work in the coming year. The full 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. Lively question and answer sessions occur during and following these presentations. In FY 2018 the full Board held two meetings, both open to the public.
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, which includes a multi-media finance team, which is charged with pursuing finance solutions for all programs and levels of government and the private sector. The EFAB's functions cannot be performed by EPA program offices because the Agency lacks comprehensive experience and points of view in the complex, cross-media area of environmental finance. This critical skill covers the wide range of public and private financing approaches necessary to pay for environmental programs, services, and infrastructure at the federal, state, and local levels nationwide. EPA cannot afford, or would not be allowed, by law, to pay what it would cost to retain the services of a typical EFAB member. The average 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. The only realistic way to access such experience and expertise is on a volunteer, advisory basis. None of EPA's other advisory committees are structured or chartered to perform the EFAB's cross-media financing function. The others are science or technology-oriented, address a specific environmental problem, rule or standard and 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 background and perspectives of the EFAB.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were no closed or partially closed EFAB meetings during the year.
Recommendation RemarksAll members of the EFAB are Tier 1 (parent committee members).
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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*431Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board has made and transmitted 431 recommendations to EPA through the end of Fiscal Year 2018. The Board provided EPA with three reports during the year containing eleven 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*10.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentWhile this percentage is an estimate, we are continuing to 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*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentWhile this percentage is also an estimate, we are continuing to 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. 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. EFAB members often attend and participate in Agency conferences, meetings and other communications outlets.Narrative Description*The EFAB (Board) develops a Strategic Action Agenda organizing its work in support of the major goals in EPA’s Strategic Plan. The 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 and decide upon important environmental financing issues that they believe the Agency needs to consider. 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. Topics 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 more recently alternative project delivery pre-development best practices, pre-disaster resiliency investment and finance, Alaska solid waste backhaul program finance, and water system regionalization.

Reasons for Exceeding the Budget in the EFAB Charter in FY 2018:
After the EFAB re-chartering was finalized, an ambitious work agenda consisting of six new projects to be completed within a challenging six-month time frame was undertaken. In comparison, during FY 2017, the EFAB pursued three projects that took a little over a year to complete (completed in the first quarter of FY 2018). This increased workload occurred during a period of significant changes in the staff supporting the EFAB. To address this ambitious new agenda, additional new higher grade staff and additional higher grade time of existing staff were devoted to supporting the EFAB during this challenging year.

Actions to Address the EFAB Budget in FY 2019:
The new EFAB DFO and the new EFAB staff manager will ensure that the number of EFAB projects will align with the budget provided in the EFAB charter. Second, the DFO and staff director will work with the Agency FACA office to seek a revision in the EFAB charter that provides a modest budget increase to reflect the increasing cost environment faced. Last, the EFAB staff manager will review the staff and resources devoted to EFAB with an eye to improving efficiencies and reducing expenses, where possible.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
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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
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001723Environmental Financial Advisory Board2017
 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
 COM-032763Environmental Financial Advisory Board2018