Skip to main content
Content Starts Here GSA Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Database Skip to main content

Committee Detail

Note: An Annual Comprehensive Review, as required by §7 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is conducted each year on committee data entered for the previous fiscal year (referred to as the reporting year). The data for the reporting year is not considered verified until this review is complete and the data is moved to history for an agency/department. See the Data From Previous Years section at the bottom of this page for the committee’s historical, verified data.


DOD - 437 - Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameStrategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number437
Original Establishment Date11/5/1990Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.serdp-estcp.org/About-SERDP-and-EST...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date9/4/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, SERDP
Date Of Renewal Charter9/4/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Herb
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority10 U.S.C. 2904Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Nelson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. 2904Designated Federal Officer Phone*571-372-6400
Effective Date Of Authority*11/5/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*herbert.h.nelson10.civ@mail.mil
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2904(e), the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Council (“the Council”) shall refer to the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board (“the Board”) for review each proposed research project including its estimated cost, for research in and development of technologies related to environmental activities in excess of $1,000,000. The Council, pursuant to its responsibilities under 10 U.S.C. § 2902(d)(1) and in an effort to enhance the Board’s review process, has lowered the dollar threshold for referral by the Council to the Board to any proposed research project in excess of $900,000. The Board shall make any recommendations to the Council that the Board considers appropriate regarding such project or proposal.

The Board may make recommendations to the Council regarding technologies, research, projects, programs, activities, and, if appropriate, funding within the scope of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. In addition, the Board shall assist and advise the Council in identifying the environmental data and analytical assistance activities that should be covered by the policies and procedures prescribed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2902(d)(1).
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the Board is composed of not less than six and not more than 14 members. Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2904(b), the Board membership shall be composed of the following:

a. Permanent members of the Board are the Science Advisor to the President and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or their respective designees.

b. Non-permanent members of the Board shall be appointed from among persons eminent in the fields of basic sciences, engineering, ocean and environmental sciences, education, research management, international and security affairs, health physics, health sciences, or social sciences, with due regard given to the equitable representation of scientists and engineers who are women or who represent minority groups. At least one member of the Board shall be a representative of environmental public interest groups, and one member shall be a representative of the interests of State governments.

Non-permanent Board members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense (“the DoD Appointment Authorities”) and the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Board members who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal officers, employees, or members of the Armed Forces shall be appointed as experts or consultants pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 3109 to serve as special government employee (SGE) members. Board members who are full-time or permanent part-time Federal officers, employees, or members of the Armed Forces shall be appointed pursuant to 41 C.F.R. § 102-3.130(a) to serve as regular government employee (RGE) members. The DoD, unless otherwise provided for by an Act of Congress or Presidential directive, does not use representative members on DoD-established or supported advisory committees.
All SGE members are appointed to provide advice on matters before the Board on the basis of their best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are conducted a minimum of four times a year, in accordance with the statute, to assist the SERDP Council to make annual programmatic and policy decisions. This is the minimum number of meetings necessary to allow sufficient time for the Board to review of all the projects being considered for funding during a fiscal year prior to making a recommendation to the Council.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. 2904) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish this committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines the items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and only after consultation with the Office of the DoD GC.
Recommendation RemarksPursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2904(a), the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board (“the Board”) requires a minimum of 6 members and as such no meetings were able to be held in FY2020.

Appointments to Board undergo extensive inter-agency member candidate identification and appointment approval processes. Currently, those inter-agency processes are ongoing, and have resulted in a delay in appointing new member to the Board.

With regard to the member candidate identification process, the Department of Defense (DoD), in accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 2904(b)(3), identifies potential member candidates in consultation with its partners in the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institutes of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Council on Environmental Quality, and National Association of Governors.

Once member candidates are identified, the DoD initiates the appointment approval process. This process requires the DoD to submit proposed member appointments for appointment consideration by the inter-agency appointment approval authorities. In accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 2904(a), the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will jointly appoint individuals to the Board.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentIn the event the SAB does not approve a project as is, the Program may decide to not to fund a project, add or eliminate specific tasks and rebrief the board, or start the project with a significant decrease in funding and timeframe.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe SAB makes recommendations regarding technologies, research, projects, program, activities, and if appropriate, funding within the scope of the SERDP. Their collective knowledge and expertise assures that SERDP is pursuing research that addresses high-priority requirements and fosters technology transfer. Their thorough review and evaluation of proposals, in addition to the Peer Review Panels, assists the Program in identifying cooperative research efforts that demonstrate the highest standards of technical and scientific quality. The Board plays a proactive role in identifying and defining environmental research gaps and associated technology development opportunities.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentIt is difficult to financially quantify savings, as the Board's contributions are significant toward identifying the most effective process methods, potentially beneficial research efforts, highest quality technical and scientific research, collaborative efforts, and technology transfer opportunities.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,202Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentA recommendation is made by the SAB on each project reviewed during each fiscal year. No recommendations were made for Fiscal Year 2020 as the Board was unable to meet due to lack of quorum.

The committee does not issue any specific report; their recommendations are contained within their meeting minutes, which are provided to the decision maker.
Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Principal Investigators rebrief the SAB with the board’s recommendations incorporated, or the staff provides a written or verbal report with the issues addressed.Narrative Description*The SERDP Scientific Advisory Board's (SAB) collective expertise and experience, assures that the Program maintains clear focus on technical and scientific quality and the environmental needs of the DoD. The SAB reviews all new start and continuing projects with a value in excess of $900,000 to ensure technical quality and fiscal responsibility. Furthermore, the SAB assures that multiple projects responding to the same or similar requirements are complementary in approach and well coordinated.
Hide Section - COSTS

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*$5,481.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$5,700.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est 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*$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$10,962.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$10,962.00
Total Costs$16,443.00Est. Total Next FY*$16,662.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.02Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.02
Cost RemarksMuch of the support for the committee is done by contractors reducing the amount of FTEs necessary.

These much reduced costs are due to the Board not being able to meeting in FY20 due to lack of quorum.
Est Cost RemarksCost projections are not changed for FY21 as the Board may also not have sufficient members to meet quorum - but if it does these numbers will have to go back to FY17 levels.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Agriculture
Forestry
Animals
Fish and Wildlife
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Engineering
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Biology
Materials Research
Microbiology
Energy
Energy
Environment
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Waste Disposal
Land
Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Research
Basic Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Water
Harbors
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

To View all the members, meetings and advisory reports for this committee please click here
Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

No Documents Found
Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035671Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2019
 COM-033048Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2018
 COM-001426Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2017
 COM-002972Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2016
 COM-003568Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2015
 COM-005014Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2014
 COM-005660Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2013
 COM-007179Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2012
 COM-007763Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2011
 COM-009375Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2010
 COM-009831Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2009
 COM-011267Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2008
 COM-011702Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2007
 COM-013126Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2006
 COM-013516Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2005
 COM-015027Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2004
 COM-015430Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2003
 COM-017127Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2002
 COM-017397Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2001
 COM-018952Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board2000
 COM-019224Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1999
 COM-020863Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1998
 COM-021213Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Scientific Advisory Board1997