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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBiological and Physical Research Advisory CommitteeAgency NameNational Aeronautics and Space Administration
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number1067
Original Establishment Date12/12/1977Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date11/5/2004Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*37
Current Charter Date5/1/2003Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Secretary, BPRAC
Date Of Renewal Charter5/1/2005Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date11/5/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Terri
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Lomax
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Pub.L.No.85-568, As Amended, Section 203(c)(7)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 358-1418
Effective Date Of Authority*3/7/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*Ad hocDesignated Federal Officer Email* 
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The BPRAC provides NASA with expert technical and programmatic advice on issues and decisions facing the management of the Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR), which on August 1, 2004, as part of the NASA agency transformation, joined the new Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. The committee through its findings and recommendations has had a direct influence on biological and physical research policies and priorities, and has brought forward to the NASA Advisory Council issues of major importance to the civil space program, such as the optimal use of the International Space Station, and crew health and safety. As the sole NASA advisory body on physical and biological research, the committee's advice represents the views of the national research community in areas of vital importance to the future of space exploration. The committee has oversight of programs that deal with basic research, applied research, technology development, and commercialization. The issues the committee deals with impact future NASA mission readiness in the areas of life support systems, human adaptation to the space environment, fire safety, availability of automated technologies that increase mission efficiency, and International Space Station utilization. The committee also assesses OBPR program performance as part of the agency compliance with the Govenrment Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
How is membership balanced?*The members of Committee and its subcommittees are drawn from a cross-section of the communities in biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, engineering, and research/technology commercialization. Professional recognition and stature is a critical factor in selecting members. Members are also selected to effectively represent a wide range cultural perspectives and backgrounds, in order to clearly capture the breadth of perspectives expected of a national investment.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The BPRAC generally meets three times in a calendar year. The subcommittees met two times during the fiscal year in conjunction with the BPRAC. These meetings are required if the Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee and its subcommittees are to give timely and relevant advice concerning the evolving issues and programs connected with the BPRAC.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*No other NASA advisory group contains the spectrum of expertise required to span the breath of BPRAC research programs. Advice from the community served by BPRAC is essential in matters related to defining the relative importance of the various thrusts in competition for funding and this Committee is the sole source of such advice. No other group of experts has the insight and experience to provide the same level of advice to the Agency concerning life and microgravity sciences and applications especially relative to international partners and development of payloads on the International Space Station.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were no closed or partially closed meetings of this committee.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentUtilize expert scientific advice to strengthen approaches to meet mission objectives.
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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*10Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*5.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentContact Advisory Committee Specialist or Executive Secretary at Agency.Directorate web site has link for advisory committee information.
Agency Feedback CommentReports on Agency actions at next meeting.Narrative Description*The BPRAC provides NASA with expert technical and programmatic advice on issues and decisions facing the management of the Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR). The committee through its findings and recommendations has had a direct influence on the policies and priorities of the OBPR, and has brought forward to the NASA Advisory Council issues of major importance to the civil space program, such as the optimal use of the International Space Station, and crew health and safety. As the sole NASA advisory body on physical and biological research, the committee's advice represents the views of the national research community in areas of vital importance to the future of space exploration. The committee has oversight of programs that deal with basic research, applied research, technology development, and commercialization. The issues the committee deals with impact future NASA mission readiness in the areas of life support systems, human adaptation to the space environment, fire safety, availability of automated technologies that increase mission efficiency, and International Space Station utilization. The committee also assesses OBPR program performance as part of the agency compliance with the Govenrment Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
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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*$120,666.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$127,906.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$48,129.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$51,017.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$2,747.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$2,912.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$59,594.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$63,170.00
Total Costs$231,136.00Est. Total Next FY*$245,005.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.58Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.73
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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-016120Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016274Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee2002
 COM-018068Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018225Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020028Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020188Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021923Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications Advisory Committee1997