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DOI - 34746 - National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Earthquake Prediction Evaluation CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number34746
Original Establishment Date9/4/1979Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date8/12/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter8/12/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michael
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Blanpied
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Sec 101(e)(2)of P.L. 96-472 & Sec. 5(f)(1) of Nat. Earthquake Haz. Red. Prog. Act of 1977.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 648-6696
Effective Date Of Authority*6/22/1978Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-648-6717
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council provides advice and recommendations to the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on earthquake predictions and related scientific research to issue timely warnings of potential geologic disasters. The Council typically transmits its advice in the form of letter reports.
How is membership balanced?*Members shall be experts in the scientific disciplines that bear on earthquake prediction or other relevant disciplines involved in forecasting natural hazards or public response to such forecasts. The Director ensures that the Council provides balanced and authoritative advice by appointing members with expertise across the range of relevant disciplines and who are familiar with earthquake issues across the geographic extent of the Nation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee is typically convened between 1 and 3 times per fiscal year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is established pursuant to Item 2, page 25 of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program transmitted to the Congress on June 22, 1978, by the President under Sec. 5(f)(1) of the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and in furthering the objectives of Sec. 202 of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974. Sec 101(e)(2) of Public Law 96-472 requires the Council to continue to exist for the foreseeable future.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Council will continue to provide advice and recommendations to the Director of the USGS on earthquake predictions and related scientific research.


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 ResearchYesAction 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 Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings Comment(1) The Nation would increase resilience and avert loss of lives, property and productivity if earthquakes could be usefully predicted or their effect more accurately forecast. (2) Expenditures in advance of a predicted earthquake mightier be averted if authoritative information makes it clear the prediction is in error. (3) Money may be saved if Federal assistance goes only to the most promising lines of earthquake prediction research and precursor monitoring. However, the associated cost savings have not been quantified and a vetted calculation method does not currently exist.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*14Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council framed its recommendations in a meeting held at the end of FY 2019, and delivered those recommendations to the USGS Director in a letter report in early FY 2020 (November 2019). That report contained one new recommendation.

The Council recommended that the USGS employ two specific forecasting softwares (UCERF3-ETAS and ETAS OAF) on an ad hoc basis for the computation of aftershock forecasts following large domestic earthquakes.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe USGS has fully implemented the recommendation received in early FY 2020, regarding the operational use of the UCERF3-ETAS and Spatial ETAS forecasting methodologies.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Via email to Council members, and in staff briefings at Council meetings.Narrative Description*The Council provides advice and recommendations to the Director of the USGS to issue timely warnings of potential geologic disasters. The Council supports the DOI Strategic Plan goal of Serving Communities, and the USGS Strategic Plan goal of providing assessment of the nation's hazards, risk and resilience to natural disasters.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$500.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$2,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$1,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$5,000.00
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*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$2,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$1,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$225.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,000.00
Total Costs$1,725.00Est. Total Next FY*$17,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.05Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Cost RemarksBecause of COVID-19 pandemic staff time was reduced. Virtual meeting was held - no in person meetings were held.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration
Basic Research
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035320National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2019
 COM-033207National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462018
 COM-001535National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462017
 COM-002894National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462016
 COM-003539National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462015
 COM-004868National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462014
 COM-005797National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council - 347462013
 COM-006993National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2012
 COM-007880National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2011
 COM-009214National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2010
 COM-009929National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2009
 COM-011237National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council2008
 COM-021373National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council1997