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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Eye InstituteAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number230
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date11/12/1997Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Scientific Director
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Schneeweis
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPHD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 451-6763
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 451-5421
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*david.schneeweis@nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.”

The Board is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide evaluation and peer review of Institute laboratories and staff scientists in the following areas: vision research, ranging from clinical ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology to the basic sciences.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of seven members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the specialized fields of eye and vision research, ranging from clinical ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology, to the basic sciences. The advisory role of the Board is scientific and substantive. The Board, through periodic visits to the laboratories, assesses the research in progress and evaluates productivity and performance of principal investigators.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board meets approximately twice per year for the peer review of intramural laboratories on a rotating basis, as required by the PHS Act. The committee did not meet this fiscal year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Board is composed of recognized biomedical research authorities from outside the NIH in order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs. Their recommendations are invaluable because the complex nature of research in each laboratory requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available on the NIH staff or from other established resources.
Why close or partially close meetings?The committee did not meet this fiscal year.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - Scientific and Technical Peer Review

Reports: This committee did not produce any public reports during the fiscal year.

URL: This committee does not have a website.

The DFO and Decision Maker are the same person, Acting Scientific Director, NEI due to the delegations of authority and assignments within this small Institute.

Dr. Richard Lang was reappointed to the committee until 6/30/20.

Dr. Anthony Wynshaw-Boris was reappointed for a two year term from 7/1/18 until 6/30/20.

The committee did not have enough members to constitute a quorum and did not meet this fiscal year. The committee has submitted a slate of candidates for approval and plans on meeting in FY20.

The DFO changed from Dr. Sheldon Miller to Dr. David Schneeweis during FY19.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction 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 DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNIH staff use the Board's recommendations to make decisions regarding the allocating resources within specific research laboratories in the National Eye Institute.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants 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 CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentAlthough grant reviews are included in the duties of this Board, there were no grant reviews performed during this fiscal year.
Number Of Recommendations*43Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board did not have enough members to constitute a quorum and did not meet during this reporting period. The Board of Scientific Counselors makes recommendations that address the specific laboratory under review. The reviews are scheduled on a 3-4 year rotation. The recommendations are implemented at the direction of the Institute Director and the Scientific Director.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentIC Committee Management Officer 240-669-5201
Agency Feedback CommentMembers receive information through minutes and oral presentations at meetings.Narrative Description*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended."
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$2,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$9,036.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$35,089.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,924.00
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*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$9,036.00Est. Total Next FY*$48,813.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034729Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2018
 COM-001989Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2017
 COM-002568Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2016
 COM-004040Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2015
 COM-004724Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2014
 COM-005867Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2013
 COM-006653Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2012
 COM-008270Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2011
 COM-008738Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2010
 COM-010381Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2009
 COM-010790Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2008
 COM-012268Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2007
 COM-012913Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2006
 COM-013758Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2005
 COM-014593Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2004
 COM-016046Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2003
 COM-016416Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2002
 COM-017954Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2001
 COM-018741Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute2000
 COM-019834Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute1999
 COM-020385Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute1998
 COM-021676Board of Scientific Counselors, National Eye Institute1997