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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameGrain Inspection Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1284
Original Establishment Date8/13/1981Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/facas-adviso...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date10/25/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter10/25/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kendra
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC
Specific Termination Authority7 U.S.C. 87iDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kline
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7 U.S.C. 87i Section 21 of United States Grain Standards ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 690-2410
Effective Date Of Authority*11/24/1993Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 690-2173
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*kendra.c.kline@ams.usda.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee accomplishes its purpose by providing advice to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Administrator on the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act and Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. During the past year, the committee has provided discussion, advice, and recommendations on a variety of topics. Recommendations are in the remarks. When recommendations are made the staff takes all into consideration. During the next meeting all recommendations from the previous meeting are discussed.
How is membership balanced?*The committee consists of producers, domestic elevator operators, export grain elevator operators, and representatives of grain inspection and weighing agencies, farmers, consumers, academic, as well as other interested parties. In recent years we have solicited members from minority organizations such as the Small and Minority Farmers and Community Based Organizations (CBO). The solicitation is sent to over 200 using the USDA, Office of Outreach mailing list for all CBOs, miniority organizations and others. Also during solicitation, GIPSA reaches out to other Agencies within USDA to tap into their lists of interested parties and provides information on the committee. The agency DFO works with the agency Outreach Coordinator to obtain the most up-to-date listing of all minority listings to reach out to whether by email or follow-up phone calls.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee meets twice (budget permitting) per fiscal year. The committee is considered in the public interest and is a valuable resource for the Administrator in implementing agency policy in regards to the United States Grain Standards Act.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee consists of 15 members who represent all segments of the grain industry. The advisory committee has provided the agency with direct access to the expertise and counsel of a broad and unbiased cross section of the U.S. grain industry. It is a valuable resource for the agency in developing and implementing policies and programs to enhance the marketing of U.S. grain in domestic and international markets.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe GIAC held one meeting during FY19 and made recommendations (August 15-16, 2019).

1) Establish a GIAC subcommittee to review the need for and scope of establishment of grading standards or guidance for hemp oil and seed, and other ideotypes and uses with commercial need for standards. The subcommittee will work in conjunction with staff and report findings and recommendations at the 2020 spring meeting.

2) The GIAC recommends that the 2020 reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act establishes a 5-year term of service for GIAC members with the utilization of shorter terms to stagger appointments. This process of appointing members serves to strengthen commitments of service, establish continuity, foster collaboration and encourage cohesiveness of the committee. Members are eligible to serve multiple but not successive terms. If the reauthorization of the 2020 USGSA extends the terms of service for GIAC members the committee recommends that the Secretary extend current GIAC member terms according to this policy.

3) The GIAC Committee recommends implementation of the non-use of service exception be executed in a manner that is transparent, consistent, and non-subjective. Further, the committee supports the FGIS’s plan to conduct an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on exceptions in order to provide a transparent process for non-use of service exceptions.

4) The GIAC recommends the FGIS work with FDA to update their MOU to define a timeline (the shorter the better) to address actionable items referred to them by FGIS, and have clarification on the discrepancy and potential remediation solutions, whether from the FGIS, FDA, or the party involved.

5) The GIAC committee recommends a comprehensive survey of the market and scope of service needs in each boundary for official grain inspection services and the number of the official agencies. Since FGIS was created in 1976, there have been significant changes in the number and operations of both grain handling facilities and officially designated inspection agencies; the amount of grain and oilseeds handled and processed within each geographic boundary; and the number of quality attributes and other quality tests conducted by these agencies. The Advisory Committee believes these changes in the domestic marketplace, necessitate that FGIS comprehensively update information and data upon which the geographic boundaries are based.
FGIS can make recommendations, if necessary, to modify the boundaries based upon the comprehensively updated information and data gathered through the review in order to provide more reliable, uninterrupted, consistent and cost-effective service to grain handling facilities.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
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 CommentCosts and estimates are in line with charter/agency budget.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*280Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the end of the each meeting, during the General Discussion, recommendations are presented by the members, discussed, and voted on as part of the minutes/record. At the next meeting, and beyond if necessary, the resolutions from previous meetings are discussed and members are given a status update on the feasability of whether they can be implemented. and made the following recommendations: 1) Establish a GIAC subcommittee to review the need for and scope of establishment of grading standards or guidance for hemp oil and seed, and other ideotypes and uses with commercial need for standards. The subcommittee will work in conjunction with staff and report findings and recommendations at the 2020 spring meeting.

2) The GIAC recommends that the 2020 reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act establishes a 5-year term of service for GIAC members with the utilization of shorter terms to stagger appointments. This process of appointing members serves to strengthen commitments of service, establish continuity, foster collaboration and encourage cohesiveness of the committee. Members are eligible to serve multiple but not successive terms. If the reauthorization of the 2020 USGSA extends the terms of service for GIAC members the committee recommends that the Secretary extend current GIAC member terms according to this policy.

3) The GIAC Committee recommends implementation of the non-use of service exception be executed in a manner that is transparent, consistent, and non-subjective. Further, the committee supports the FGIS’s plan to conduct an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on exceptions in order to provide a transparent process for non-use of service exceptions.

4) The GIAC recommends the FGIS work with FDA to update their MOU to define a timeline (the shorter the better) to address actionable items referred to them by FGIS, and have clarification on the discrepancy and potential remediation solutions, whether from the FGIS, FDA, or the party involved.

5) The GIAC committee recommends a comprehensive survey of the market and scope of service needs in each boundary for official grain inspection services and the number of the official agencies. Since FGIS was created in 1976, there have been significant changes in the number and operations of both grain handling facilities and officially designated inspection agencies; the amount of grain and oilseeds handled and processed within each geographic boundary; and the number of quality attributes and other quality tests conducted by these agencies. The Advisory Committee believes these changes in the domestic marketplace, necessitate that FGIS comprehensively update information and data upon which the geographic boundaries are based.
FGIS can make recommendations, if necessary, to modify the boundaries based upon the comprehensively updated information and data gathered through the review in order to provide more reliable, uninterrupted, consistent and cost-effective service to grain handling facilities.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll resolutions from the Committee are taken into consideration and all findings are reported back to the Committee either by phone or letter and always as a meeting topic at the next meeting.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAll resolutions from the Committee are taken into consideration and all findings are reported back to the Committee. Some of the resolution recommendations require studies that take more than the 6 months between each meeting to accomplish, continual contact between the members is established.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is in the form of telephone calls, e-mails, formal letters and follow-up discussions at the next meeting.Narrative Description*Grain Inspection Advisory Committee was established under the authority of the United States Grain Standards Act. The committee is charged with providing advice to the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service with respect to implementing the provisions of the Act.The committee is comprised of 15 members who represent all segments of the grain industry. They include grain producers, processors, merchandisers, handlers, exporters, consumers, academia, and grain inspection agencies.The committee addresses a variety of technical and program issues related to the grain inspection programs and the official grain inspection system. During past meetings, the committee has provided guidance on the Agency's strategic plan and performance measures and various programs related to grain quality, including proposed changes to the U.S. Grain Standards; financial management; objective testing programs such as oil, protein, and starch content in corn; and technical issues ranging from whole-grain moisture measurements to aflatoxin to pesticide residue testing.
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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*$4,311.60Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$8,623.20
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$17,957.09Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$35,914.18
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,257.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$5,292.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$10,584.00
Total Costs$28,817.69Est. Total Next FY*$58,121.38
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.12Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.12
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Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001214Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003199Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003927Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005187Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2014
 COM-006048Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007346Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007559Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008926Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010459Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010543Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012102Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012415Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2006
 COM-014217Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014358Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015928Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016396Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017994Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018348Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020074Grain Inspection Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020237Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021804Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Committee1997
 COM-033460Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2018