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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and TechnologyAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number730
Original Establishment Date6/8/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.epa.gov/faca/nacept
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25-30
Current Charter Date6/6/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/6/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date10/17/2019Designated Federal Officer First Name*Eugene
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityEO 13875Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Green
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Request for ApprovalDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-2432
Effective Date Of Authority*6/8/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-564-8129
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*green.eugene@epa.gov
Committee Type* 
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) is to provide for public discussion and the development of independent advice and counsel to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues.

During the 4th quarter of FY19, the Council held one in-person full committee public meeting to begin developing recommendations in response to the agency’s charge on how to best incorporate a product durability rating system to help protect the environment and health of Alaskan communities.

The charge to NACEPT was prompted by the needs of Alaskan communities, but also aims to examine the possibility of developing a product durability rating with broader utility for all people who reside/work in extreme climates.

The overall charge is for NACEPT to assess:
• Whether it makes sense for the agency to be the lead in developing an “Arctic Tough” style product rating system;
• Whether there are existing standards /rating systems that durability could be integrated into or a private sector standards development organization that could take this on as a new initiative;
• What criteria would be used to determine priority product categories (toxicity, highly prevalent/high volume, difficult to recycle, difficult/costly to transport items);
• How such ratings might fit into federal government procurement regulations; and, sustainable acquisition goals, and
• What structure of partners is recommended for development and management of such a rating system, in particular how to include retailers and other institutional purchasers in the design and implementation processes.
How is membership balanced?*Selection criteria for NACEPT membership emphasizes balanced sector representation across EPA's entire spectrum of stakeholders and constituencies. NACEPT members reflect the complexity and diverse perspectives of the environmental issues the Agency addresses regionally, nationally and globally. Membership includes EPA's major regulated industries, public advocacy groups, and academicians, state and local governments, tribal representatives, and grassroots organizations from various communities including environmental justice. Finally, NACEPT’s membership process allows for the selection of members based on evolving environmental issues and topics that are critical to the Agency and its mission to protect human health and the environment.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NACEPT held one in-person full committee public meeting in FY19. NACEPT generally meets two to three times annually via in-person and/or teleconference. Timely, balanced stakeholder input and independent advice are critical to the Agency's efforts to develop and implement environmental policies, regulations, and technologies that promote effective business practices and decision-making processes. NACEPT is one of the Agency's most effective stakeholder means of providing balanced views and perspectives prior to the formulation or implementation of environmental policies and programs.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The scope of NACEPT’s charter provides EPA with a tool that is invaluable in meeting the Agency’s mission. Through NACEPT, EPA’s Administrator is able to access a wealth of knowledge and experience that would otherwise be unavailable to the Agency. Since environmental issues and problems continually evolve and because those same issues and problems affect communities regionally, nationally and globally, NACEPT is well positioned to provide the Administrator with a broad environmental knowledge base that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive and impossible to retain in the Agency's workforce. NACEPT’s charter affords the Agency a platform that is flexible enough to advise on a wide spectrum of domestic and international environmental management policies, programs, and technologies. It is an avenue which provides the Administrator and the Agency’s senior leadership with a means of accessing a wealth of knowledge and experience that is diverse, crosscutting, well respected, and nationally recognized. The diversity of knowledge and balanced perspectives represented by the membership of NACEPT, as well as the consensual nature of their advice and recommendations are a unique, timely and valuable resource that is not available through other sources. Other stakeholder mediums such as public hearings or information sharing forums do not provide balanced consensual based perspectives, nor do they offer timeliness in providing feedback that can satisfy many of the Agency’s demanding time constraints.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed or partially closed.
Recommendation RemarksMembers are Tier 1 (parent committee members) or Tier 2 (subcommittee) members. In some cases, a member may be both Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Committee terminated in response to EO 13875
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 CommentNot Applicable
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 CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*1,500Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNACEPT received its charge in the 4th quarter of FY19 and thus will not have any recommendations to report at this time. NACEPT has produced approximately 109 reports and advice letters and an estimated 1500 recommendations over the life of the committee. The specificity of recommendations across reports is not standardized. While some reports provide broad recommendations, others provide detailed, precise recommendations. A simple count of recommendations overlooks this variation. In past years, responses from the Agency indicated that NACEPT's advice and recommendations on key environmental matters were beneficial to the Agency and would continue to support and align with EPA's current strategic goals.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSee description of committee advice above.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*50.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee description of committee advice above.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentSee website.
Agency Feedback CommentEPA provides feedback to NACEPT through written responses and through discussion with representatives from the Agency during committee meetings.Narrative Description*The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) in 1988 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of domestic and international environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT provides a forum for public discussion from a broad range of EPA's constituents and stakeholders. This committee and its subcommittees address EPA's cross-cutting goals and strategies of building collaborations. EPA depends on its collaborations with other federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia to achieve results. Council members include senior-level decision makers and knowledgeable and experienced members from academia, business/industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. NACEPT's scope involves advising the EPA Administrator on broad, crosscutting issues associated with EPA's environmental management on matters relating to activities and functions under Federal environmental statutes, executive orders, regulations, and policies. NACEPT advises on ways to improve the development and implementation of domestic and international environmental management policies, programs, and technologies. NACEPT's major objectives are to provide independent advice and recommendations on: a.) Identifying approaches to improve the development and implementation of domestic and international environmental management policies and programs; b.) Providing guidance on how EPA can most efficiently and effectively implement innovative approaches throughout the Agency and its programs; c.) Identifying approaches to enhance information and technology planning; d.) Fostering improved approaches to environmental management in the fields of economics, finance, and technology; e.) Increasing communication and understanding among all levels of government, business/industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia, with the goal of increasing non-federal resources and improving the effectiveness of federal and non-federal resources directed at solving environmental problems; f.) Implementing statutes, executive orders and regulations; and g.) Reviewing progress in implementing statutes, executive orders, and regulations.Accomplishments:

During the 3rd quarter of FY19, the agency provided comments regarding the Council’s last report. The second report, Information to Action: Strengthening EPA Partnerships for Environmental Protection, which builds on the 2016 report, Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A Vision for Citizen Science at EPA, provides a valuable framework for strengthening the EPA’s cooperative work with state, local and tribal governments. The report also provides helpful insights on building cooperative connections with non-governmental organizations and the private sector to leverage technology and grassroots efforts that support the agency’s work. The Council’s recommendations on how to reduce barriers to collaboration and better support equitable citizen science partnerships will aid in advancing mission-critical work at the EPA, while guiding future initiatives on citizen science.

In September 2018, the EPA Office of the Inspector General provided recommendations from a self-initiated audit on the management controls for use of citizen science results at the EPA. The NACEPT report findings and recommendations contributed to this effort.

EPA has a number of actions underway, consistent with the recommendations in the NACEPT reports. In addition to an Agency staff workgroup that is preparing a strategic vision and strategy for using citizen science at EPA, the Agency recently released a quality assurance (QA) handbook for citizen science projects (https://www.epa.gov/citizen-science/handbook-quality-assurance ). Outreach and training on the QA handbook is planned for this year.

NACEPT’s work continues to support the EPA Administrator’s current strategic plan through three over-arching goals: (1) Deliver a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for all Americans and future generations by carrying out the Agency’s core mission; (2) Provide certainty to states, localities, tribal nations, and the regulated community in carrying out shared responsibilities and communicating results to all Americans; and (3) Increased certainty, compliance, and effectiveness by applying the rule of law to achieve more efficient and effective agency operations, service delivery, and regulatory relief.

Response Letters/Impact of Recommendations: NACEPT’s results oriented approach has enabled the Council to continue providing independent advice and recommendations on key aspects of environmental policy, management and technology related issues that further advance the agency's mission of protecting human health and the environment.

Committee terminated in response to EO 13875
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COSTS

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*$182,778.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$25,471.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
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$7,617.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$215,866.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.90Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031705Assumable Waters Subcommittee2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032756National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2018
 COM-001754National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2017
 COM-002814National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2016
 COM-003870National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2015
 COM-004645National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2014
 COM-005978National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2013
 COM-006825National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2012
 COM-008092National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2011
 COM-008959National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2010
 COM-009933National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2009
 COM-010893National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2008
 COM-012012National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2007
 COM-012971National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2006
 COM-013660National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2005
 COM-014659National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2004
 COM-015809National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2003
 COM-016809National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2002
 COM-017774National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2001
 COM-018629National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology2000
 COM-019654National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology1999
 COM-020672National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology1998
 COM-021536National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology1997