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EPA - 80462 - Great Lakes Advisory Board - Agency Authority


Committee NameGreat Lakes Advisory BoardAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number80462
Original Establishment Date6/15/2012Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/17/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Director
Date Of Renewal Charter11/17/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Todd
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Nettesheim
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Designated Federal Officer Phone*(312) 353-9153
Effective Date Of Authority*2/13/2012Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB) supports the EPA in achieving the restoration and protection goals of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) included in Public Law 111-88, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, and subsequent appropriations, and the United States – Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The Great Lakes is a vast, shared resource and protecting and restoring them requires the collective ideas and experience of the Great Lakes community. The GLAB provides a forum where EPA can have the full benefit of the ideas and experience of both government and non-governmental partners. The GLAB’s objectives are to provide advice and recommendations on Great Lakes protection and restoration activities; long term goals, objectives, and priorities for Great Lakes protection and restoration; and other issues addressed by the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force/Regional Work Group.
How is membership balanced?*The GLAB is composed of approximately 15 members who will serve as representative members, Regular Government Employees (RGEs), or Special Government Employees (SGEs). The GLAB is comprised of members that represent state, local and tribal governments, academia, industry, business/consulting, and environmental non-governmental organizations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The GLAB meets approximately twice per fiscal year. In FY 2022, the GLAB met December 15, 2021, and April 6, 2022.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The EPA Administrator is the chair of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force that consists of federal agencies responsible for implementing the GLRI. The GLRI is guided by an action plan that has been broadly endorsed by the Great Lakes states, cities, tribes, conservation groups and industries. The GLAB is composed of a cross-section of stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and areas of interest relating to the Great Lakes. The GLAB is necessary because it provides EPA with the collective recommendations of state and local governments, tribes and other Great Lakes interests to more effectively carry out Great Lakes restoration. There are no other existing EPA advisory committees that have a mission to advise on protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. Likewise, existing committees do not have the breadth of experience that is needed to inform the Agency on Great Lakes environmental issues from various viewpoints. Bringing together a cross-section of individuals with the needed range of experience and perspectives will facilitate a more effective discussion of the technical issues and policy options that will support adequate evaluation of, and input into, EPA positions and actions.
Why close or partially close meetings?The GLAB did not have any closed or partially closed meeting in FY 2022.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*65Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe GLAB recognized that implementing its recommendations will involve various levels of effort as well as a range of organizational, regulatory, and legislative complexity. Therefore, it categorized recommendations as follow: Near-term recommendations are those that are currently actionable under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and by the Great Lakes National Program Office. Mid-term recommendations are those that require additional research or development before they could be implemented under GLRI; however, that research and development could be a near-term activity. Long-term recommendations refer to activities that are within EPA purview but may require legislative changes, new partnerships, multi-stakeholder engagement, additional investments, or other development in order to implement.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations provided in April 2022 are still under consideration by EPA GLNPO and the interagency Regional Working Group.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*28.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations provided in April 2022 are still under consideration by EPA GLNPO and the interagency Regional Working Group. But nevertheless, many of the GLAB's recommendations advised for new approaches and/or continuing approaches that we have already been implementing.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAccess to committee information is provided through all of the selected methods.
Agency Feedback Comment*Letter sent from GLNPM Debra Shore to GLAB membersNarrative Description*Thank you, on behalf of EPA Administrator Regan and myself, for your contributions to the Final Report to EPA, submitted by the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB) on April 6. Administrator Regan and I have both had the opportunity to review the report, and it was immediately clear how much work and thought went into developing, drafting, and finalizing it. In particular, I was pleased to see the extent to which the GLAB focused on incorporating the issue of environmental justice – a priority for the Biden Administration – throughout the report. I have asked the Great Lakes National Program Office, along with the rest of the GLRI Regional Working Group, to give prolonged and serious consideration to the report’s recommendations as they continue to implement the GLRI to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

The task of protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is, as you know, an enormous challenge, and EPA and its federal partners do not pretend to have all the answers when it comes to addressing current and future threats to this vast and precious ecosystem. Administrator Regan and I strongly believe in the FACA process – and, in particular, the GLAB process, which allows non-federal and/or non-governmental Great Lakes stakeholders such as yourself the opportunity to provide informative and valuable perspectives on these difficult issues.

Again, thank you for your participation and effort in this worthwhile endeavor.


Debra Shore
Regional Administrator
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$40,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$50,000.00
Total Costs$40,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$50,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/15/2022 7:13 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est Cost RemarksOther costs are for a contractor to support meeting logistics and note taking.
Cost RemarksOther costs are for a contractor to support meeting logistics and note taking.  
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Interest Areas

Environmental Issues


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032106Science and Information Subcommittee2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039188Great Lakes Advisory Board2021
 COM-038038Great Lakes Advisory Board2020
 COM-035603Great Lakes Advisory Board2019
 COM-032768Great Lakes Advisory Board2018
 COM-001672Great Lakes Advisory Board2017
 COM-002558Great Lakes Advisory Board2016
 COM-003879Great Lakes Advisory Board2015
 COM-004652Great Lakes Advisory Board2014
 COM-005730Great Lakes Advisory Board2013
 COM-007058Great Lakes Advisory Board2012