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Committee NameMinority Business Resource Advisory CommitteeAgency NameNational Aeronautics and Space Administration
Fiscal Year2005Committee Number24
Original Establishment Date8/27/1993Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/20/2005Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date4/29/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Secretary, Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee
Date Of Renewal Charter4/29/2007Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ralph
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC.
Specific Termination AuthorityNASA Strategic Management Council, Meeting MinutesDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Thomas
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixIII
Specific Establishment Authority*Public Law 85-568, As Amended, Section 203 (c)(7)Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-358-2088
Effective Date Of Authority*4/24/1997Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee held its meetings at NASA Headquarters and its field centers, where the senior managers of NASA's major programs and large businesses made presentations to the Committee about the past, current, and projected participation of small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses in its contracts and subcontracts. The Committee asked questions during the presentations, analyzed the presented information and made formal and/or informal recommendations, as appropriate, with regard to improving the utilization of small businesses in the various NASA programs. Such recommendations have contributed to NASA presently awarding more contract and subcontract dollars to the aforementioned entities than at any other time in its history.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee balanced its membership by selecting a diverse set of men and women that own different types of high tech small disadvantaged businesses, representing various regions of the United States. Members are also selected from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), other minority educational institutions (MI's), and large businesses. This assists the Committee in addressing important issues from a multi-perspective approach.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Full meetings were held once a calendar quarter. They were relevant to monitor major ongoing contracts where small, minority and women-owned business participation is at issue and/or to discuss new or changing Federal laws and policies that impact on how such firms are utilized by NASA. The Committee's evaluation of the subcontracting practices of NASA's major prime contractors has contributed to NASA subcontracting a higher percentage of its total contracting budget to minority-owned firms and women-owned businesses than any other Federal agency.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There is no other organization that had ready access to the type of information available to the Committee in order to gather facts, analyze facts and make appropriate recommendations. Because this Committee had detailed, expert knowledge of NASA's procurment policies and practices toward small disadvantaged businesses, it was the only group able to give prudent and informed advice to the Agency on such matters. Moreover, because of its continuing status, the Committee was the only organization that can conduct follow-up and monitor Agency actions carried out in response to Committee recommendations. Finally, because of the diverse technical expertise of the membership, the Committee provided invaluable input in the shaping of policy through its understanding of the often complex, technical nature of many of the contracts in question.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis advisory committee was terminated as part of the overall NASA advisory committee restructuring effort that took place during 2005.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
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 CommentThe determination of a quatitative cost savings is unable to determine at an Agency level, however, through reports to the committee from NASA officials and NASA prime contractors at various meetings, several examples of cost savings on various programs were cited as a result of working with a specific minority owned business contractor or subcontractor and would be reflected in committee minutes.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentCommittee was dissolved before any recommendations were submitted.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentInformation on committee activity is available within the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
Agency Feedback CommentNANarrative Description*The NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee(MBRAC)provides guidance,expertise, and recommendations on the utilization of minority-owned businesses and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions that can provide products, services and technical solutions in support of the Agency mission.
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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*$47,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$31,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$50,000.00Est 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*$3,500.00Est. 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$3,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$134,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-014651Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016106Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016312Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017758Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018280Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019984Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020478Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021916Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee1997