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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNIST Blue Ribbon Commission on Management and SafetyAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number34763
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/16/2009Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date9/16/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Date Of Renewal Charter9/16/2010Designated Federal Officer PrefixGeneral
Projected Termination Date9/16/2009Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hemingway
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Memorandum For the FileDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-8376
Effective Date Of Authority*9/15/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 482-1262
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*themingway@doc.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*.
How is membership balanced?*Membership will include qualified experts with pubic or private sector experience in one or more of the following areas: management and organizational structure; training and human resources operations; laboratory management and safety; hazardous materials safety; emergency medical response; environmental safety; environmental remediation; and security for hazardous materials.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated number of meetings: 3
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is necessary to investigate whether (a) the training, safety, security, and response protocols, (b) the implementation of those protocols and internal controls, and (c) the management structure at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are appropriate to ensure the safe operation of all NIST programs.
Why close or partially close meetings?
Recommendation Remarks
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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 Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*5Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe commission has summarized its concerns with five findings. First and foremost, safety is not a core value at NIST. A culture of safety must be led by the NIST director who has the responsibility to ensure a culture of safety integrated with the work. Leaders have abdicated this responsibility. Second, safety is not integrated with the conduct of operations in a meaningful way across organizational units. The identification of hazards and the evidence for the corresponding training are inconsistent at best. Third, NIST has not benchmarked safety protocols and performance against similar organizations with strong safety cultures. NIST does not have a set of meaningful metrics to manage its safety operations. Fourth, NIST is plagued by a serious lack of resources for safety. This is evident in the facilities, equipment and funding for safety programs. In the Boulder laboratory, the condition of the structure makes safety a challenge. Finally we were encouraged that the staff is eager, willing, and ready to embrace a safety culture. We observed a desire for leadership in the safety area at every level of the staff we encountered.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess Comment.
Agency Feedback CommentThe Commission was only required to provide the agency with a set of recommentations. No feedback to the Commission was necessaryNarrative Description*The purpose of this Commission is to review and ultimately provide advice to the Department of Commerce on whether (a) the training, safety, security, and response protocols, (b) theimplementation of those protocols and internal controls, and (c) the management structure at NIST are appropriate to ensure safe operations of all NIST programs.
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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*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,772.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$412.00Est 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$1,160.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$6,344.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-011298NIST Blue Ribbon Commission on Management and Safety2008