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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5144
Original Establishment Date4/4/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date7/7/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/30/2023Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michele
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityThe Agricultural Act of 2014; 7 U.S.C. 3123Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Esch
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Sect. 1408 NARETP Act, Sect. 802 of 1996 FAIR ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 720-8408
Effective Date Of Authority*4/4/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-720-6199
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*michele.esch@usda.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical 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 National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board is a congressionally-mandated Board of 25 members (and 6 ex-officio members), who are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to represent the interests and needs of broad and diverse stakeholders across the Nation. Stakeholders consist of those people from the farm, rural, food, fiber and natural resource sectors (public and private). Their respective affiliations include: businesses; organizations; local and state governments; regional groups; producers; processors; food and fiber handlers and transportation servers; retailers; teachers (K-12) and other educators; Land-Grant colleges and universities, along with interested non-Land-Grants; scientists; engineers; economists; and the American consumers. The Advisory Board’s numerous advisory roles have increased, primarily as a result of additional congressional legislation, but also to support requests by USDA on current and emerging issues of national importance. The Board continues to accomplish its purpose by addressing numerous requirements that were mandated by Congress in 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2014 legislation, in addition to USDA specific requests for advice. These activities are discussed and conducted, in part, at the two full Annual Board Meetings held approximately 6 months apart. Many activities continue throughout the interim by short-term Working Groups, Task Forces, Planning Committees, Ad Hoc Committees, and the recently established congressionally-mandated Citrus Disease Subcommittee, the Specialty Crop Committee, the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council Subcommittee, and the Renewable Energy Committee. The Executive Committee of the Board meets monthly via conference call to receive updates on progress and to discuss emerging issues of national importance. The Executive Committee includes the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (ex-officio to the full Board) on these calls, which encourages dialogue between USDA and the represented stakeholder group. The detailed processes conducted by the above groups require efficient and effective methods in order to be completed; these efforts include: regular conference call communications, electronic transmission of correspondence and development of draft reports. The NAREEE Advisory Board Office at USDA, via professional staff, ensures that the work of the Board is efficiently coordinated and that there is clear communication among the Chair, Vice Chair, working group members, and others involved. Without this centralized coordination, there would be major issues with member communication, report development, and FACA compliance. In order for their recommendations to be transmitted to the Secretary, the Land-Grant Universities and Colleges, and the House and Senate Agriculture and Appropriation committees/subcommittees in a timely manner and with a thorough review by Board members, the Board has found the most success and cost-savings by carrying out their important work in the methods discussed above.. The NAREEE Advisory Board has evolved significantly since its establishment in 1996 – in terms of important tasks addressed at each meeting, the number of Board and subgroup members, the balance of distinguished individuals within its membership, and the high respect and recognition it receives by the broad and diverse stakeholders across the country. The Board continues to be a positive model for other USDA advisory committees.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the Advisory Board is comprised of 25 members, who are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, to represent the breadth of affiliation categories within the food, fiber, natural resource, and agricultural sectors. The specific member categories were defined by Congress in the 1996 farm bill, with one additional category made via 2002 congressional legislation to include a non-Land Grant College or University with historic commitment to research in food and agricultural sciences. The range of categories include: farm cooperatives; plant commodity producer; food animal commodity producer; the 1890, 1994, and 1862 Land-Grant colleges and universities, respectively; human health association; American Colleges of Veterinary Medicine; transportation of agricultural products; aquaculture; food retailing and marketing; food and fiber processors; national forestry group; rural economic development; non-Land-Grant institution; and others. Many members have diversified expertise and knowledge. This broad diversity in the Board's collective membership ensures that the full breadth of food, forestry, agriculture, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, natural resources, and other science-related interests are well represented. In addition, the Advisory Board Office strives to ensure geographic, gender, race, and ethnic diversity on the Board. The Board also has six ex-officio members made up of the USDA Secretary, the REE Under Secretary, the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service, the Administrator of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Economic Research Service, and the Administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service .
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NAREEE Advisory Board is mandated to meet twice a year. In FY2018, the Board met once via teleconference. In FY 2018, there was 1 monthly Executive Committee meeting via teleconference. The Executive Committee ensures that Board's activities continue throughout the year and that there is continued dialogue and planning. Numerous other subcommittee, subgroup and ad hoc committee meetings took place for administrative purposes in order to facilitate the Board's work. Board subgroups (working groups, task forces, ad hoc committees) are established by statute or by the Board's Chair and Executive Committee to facilitate work to carry out congressional requirements and key advisory activities requested by USDA.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The NAREEE Advisory Board is the only advisory committee that specifically addresses USDA’s research, extension, education, and economics programs, which are under the auspices of its Research, Education, and Economics mission area and comprised of four agencies. The Board is responsible for advising the Secretary of Agriculture, the Land-Grant colleges and universities across the Nation, and the Senate and House Agriculture and Agriculture Appropriations committees/subcommittees of the U.S. Congress. Advice given by the Advisory Board can have great potential to affect agricultural policy and the future research budget. The Board’s formal “Recommendations and Reports to the Secretary” are based upon topics of national importance and represent the input of stakeholder groups. The Board provides the Secretary of Agriculture with a consensus backed by sound science and offers the opportunity for positive change and future success of America's food and agriculture system.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Agricultural Act of 2014 reauthorized the Board on February 7, 2014, through September 30, 2018.
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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 RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentUSDA's REE mission area has identified several of the Board's priorities as initiatives in this annual budget planning. Each year, some topics of national interest become higher priorities within the REE portfolio, such as those above. Resources might be reallocated by REE to address high interest priorities. The agencies are extremely effective in leveraging funding for a high priority R&D initiative that has high importance across other federal agencies; this is a win-win situation in its projected outcome and benefit.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentHigh priority issues including, but not limited to: a review of the relevance of the REE programs focused on food safety and human nutrition and obesity to the identified priorities and the adequacy of funding for those programs; a review of the efforts in rigor and reproduciblity in REE science; a consultation between the National Institute of Food and Agriculture on the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program; were performed or addressed by the Board throughout FY2015.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$5,000,001 - $10,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWith respect to cost savings associated with the Advisory Board, it is estimated that between five and $10 million of publicly-funded money is saved via efforts of the Advisory Board in advising the Secretary on research, education, economics and extension. The Board reviews annually the REE program portfolio to determine duplication of efforts or to identify a high priority that is critical for USDA to address for the Nation's health, security, and food sustainability.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*302Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFor FY2018, recommendations were made in three reports. There were a total of 61individual recommendations made in those reports. There is no record for the life of the committee, but recommendations from FY08-FY18 total 302.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentData is difficult to estimate, as recommendations made by the Board are of an advisory nature.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*50.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentData is difficult to estimate, as recommendations made by the Board are of an advisory nature.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Secretary of Agriculture provides written feedback to the Board for the majority of reports and recommendations received. In addition, the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics provides feedback on the implementation of the Board's recommendations on behalf of its four federal agencies at each biannual meeting of the Advisory Board. Any USDA/REE response to the recommendations is provided to Board members in writing either before or during the semi-annual Board meetings. Also, discussion time is provided for the Board members to ask questions of the Under Secretary for REE and any REE or agency staff present at the semi-annual meetings.Narrative Description*The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (the Board) is congressionally mandated to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on short- and long-term priorities and policies for research, education, extension and economics. The mandate also requires the Board to provide ongoing advice on the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Strategic Plan - this includes the initial plan and revisions thereafter. With this in mind, all of the Board's work is framed around the REE agencies' activities, which support the overall mission of USDA. The REE mission area consists of 4 separate agencies. The annual review of the REE portfolio for Relevance and Adequacy of Funding (mandated in 1998 by congressional legislation) is based on the goals identified in the REE Strategic Plan and the past year's REE activities. In addition, one of the roles of the Advisory Board is to help REE enhance its Strategic Plan and fiscal year budget priorities by providing ongoing advice on short- and long-term priorities and policies for REE. Each Board Meeting focuses on at least one topic that supports at least one national goal in the Strategic Plan.
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COSTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030162Citrus Disease Subcommittee2019
 COM-031413National Genetic Resources Advisory Council Subcommittee2019
 COM-031649Renewable Energy Committee2019
 COM-030114Specialty Crop Committee2019
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001833National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2017
 COM-003144National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2016
 COM-003326National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2015
 COM-004569National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2014
 COM-005451National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2013
 COM-007326National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2012
 COM-008178National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2011
 COM-009516National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2010
 COM-009660National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2009
 COM-011387National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2008
 COM-012350National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2007
 COM-013238National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2006
 COM-013391National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2005
 COM-014276National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2004
 COM-016206National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2003
 COM-016256National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2002
 COM-018035National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2001
 COM-018194National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2000
 COM-020045National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board1999
 COM-020111National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board1998
 COM-021816National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board1997
 COM-033503National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board2018