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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number801
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/advisory/bsc
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date7/1/1986Designated Fed Officer Position Title*SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, NICHD
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*CONSTANTINE
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*STRATAKIS
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixM.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*301-594-5984
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-480-6480
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*stratakc@cc1.nichd.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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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.This Board assesses the quality of the Institute's intramural research programs and evaluates the productivity and performance of staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research program. The Board is composed of scientific and technical experts. The Board of Scientific Counselors, NICHD, continues to provide indispensable evaluation and advisory functions in the science management of the intramural research programs. The Board holds two meetings each year for peer review of selected laboratories, and the chairman and individual Board members are frequently consulted for advice on staff appointments and program development. The Board is provided a written description of the overall research to be reviewed which presents the past accomplishments, objectives, and projected directions of the laboratory and its recommendations to the Scientific Director of the Institute. The Board provides a description of its activities to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council for review.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of 15 members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the specialized fields of developmental neurobiology, developmental pharmacology, pharmacogenetics, social and behavioral science, pregnancy research, reproductive endocrinology, molecular genetics, developmental endocrinology, human genetics, theoretical and physical biology, neurochemistry, neuroimmunology, reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology and statistics, maternal-fetal medicine, including neonatology and perinatal pathology, clinical science, psychology, and developmental and molecular biology. The advisory role of the Board is scientific and substantive. The Board, through periodic visits to the laboratories, assesses the intramural research in progress and evaluates productivity and performance of principal investigators.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board met twice during this reporting period: 12/7/2018 and 6/7/2019. Members participated in two site visits during this period on the following dates: 12/6/2018 and 6/5-6/2019. The Chair participated (via conference call) in an additional NIH-wide BSC Chairs meeting on 5/10/2019.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee 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 principal investigators in the following areas: Gene Regulation and Development; Reproductive Biology and Medicine; Developmental Neuroscience; Developmental Biology; Endocrinology and Genetics; Translational Medicine; Cellular and Structural Biology.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the Board were closed for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual programs and projects conducted by the Institute, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, the competence of individual investigators, and similar items, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Section 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits the closing of meetings where discussions could reveal personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - Scientific and Technical Peer Review.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports during this reporting period.

The Designated Federal Official and Committee Decision Maker positions are held by the same individual based on assigned duties within the IC.

The actual and projected costs for operating this committee in FY2019 are slightly higher than the actual and projected costs in the FY2018 ACR report.
This was due to an increase in costs for the logistical contract during FY2019.

Member Scott Rivkees term ended on 10/11/19.

Members, Drs. Kate Ackerman, Elizabeth Bonney, Serdar Bulun, Frances Jensen, Deborah Johnson, Kojo Mensa-Wilmot and Martha Werler were not reported in FY18 due to technical oversight.
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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 CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) in evaluating the quality of the intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. The BSC uses an external peer review committee that evaluates Division of Intramural Research scientists on the basis of accomplishments. The BSC review evaluates an individual research program’s long-term objectives and accomplishments. The review includes an evaluation of both the Laboratory and Branch leadership and the research performed by independent investigators. If warranted, the review will recommend the reorganization of priorities and reallocation of resources. Due to the highly confidential nature of these recommendations, they are not divulged to the public.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar 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*76Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board members participated in two NICHD Intramural Research Laboratory Site Visits (December 6, 2018 and June 5-6, 2019 - Metals Biology & Molecular Medicine/Cell & Structural Biology; Neurosciences/Microscopy & Imaging Core Facility ) and made two recommendations.
The results of these sites visits are highly confidential in that they address the productivity of the laboratory and principal investigators.
On a continuing basis, the Board provides advice on issues concerning program planning, policy formulation, and resource allocation to the Institute's intramural laboratories and branches.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% 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 CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentAn annual fiscal report and non-public summaries of Minutes of meetings are produced.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*$6,200.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$6,200.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$234,914.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$239,377.00
Payments to Consultants*$200.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$200.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,545.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$16,612.00
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$111,408.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$112,523.00
Total Costs$369,267.00Est. Total Next FY*$374,912.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.30
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Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034876Board of Scientific Counselors Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2018
 COM-001941BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2017
 COM-002638BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2016
 COM-004072BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2015
 COM-004688BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2014
 COM-006259BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2013
 COM-006619BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2012
 COM-008377BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2011
 COM-008814BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2010
 COM-010323BOARD OF SCIENTIFIC COUNSELORS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT2009
 COM-010786Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2008
 COM-012099Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2007
 COM-012711Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2006
 COM-014063Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2005
 COM-014470Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2004
 COM-015927Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2003
 COM-016440Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2002
 COM-017642Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2001
 COM-018508Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development2000
 COM-019820Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development1999
 COM-020360Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development1998
 COM-021800Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development1997