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DHS - 194 - National Boating Safety Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Boating Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number194
Original Establishment Date11/26/1971Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date3/30/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Boating Safety Division, Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety
Date Of Renewal Charter3/29/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date3/31/2022Designated Federal Officer First Name*Verne
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Gifford
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Frank LoBiondo CG Auth Act,46 USC 15105Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1051
Effective Date Of Authority*12/4/2018Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 372-1932
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council accomplishes its purpose well in advising the Coast Guard on a variety of boating safety issues, both those that would require regulatory or legislative action and those that would require other action by the US Coast Guard. In FY 2020, the Council focused on several major issues:1. Finalizing the current National Recreational Boating Safety Program's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and begin the 2022-2017 Plan.2. Reviewing boating safety regulations in accordance with the administration's regulatory reform initiative. 3. Continuing to develop a recommendation to the USCG for licensing requirements for on-the-water boating safety instructors. In general discussion at the Council meetings, representatives of major national boating organizations apprised the Council of the programs, issues and present and planned actions of their respective organizations, which resulted in a valuable exchange of information and views. Three standing NBSAC Subcommittees, i.e., Boats and Associated Equipment, Strategic Planning, and Prevention through People, considered a myriad of issues in-depth.
How is membership balanced?*The present Council membership is well balanced in accordance with the intent of Congress with 21 members divided into three boating interest segments. During FY 2020 the manufacturing segment included representatives from manufacturers of a variety of types of recreational boats/vessels and associated equipment. The State boating safety officials segment was composed of representatives of a cross section of the States that have coastal and inland boating activity, as well as being geographically diverse (northeast, southeast, midwest, southwest and west coast) The public sector was composed of prominent members of five national boating organizations and two members of the public. The different areas of expertise on the Council give the agency very balanced views on related programs. Additionally, to ensure that the recommendations of the Council take into account the needs of diverse groups, membership appointments consider, to the extent practicable, geography, minorities, gender, and persons with disabilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*During FY 2020, the full Council met 2 times using a Virtual Meeting platform. One NBSAC subcommittees met one time during fiscal year 2020,and 1 sub committee met three times and presenting findings to open Council meetings. Meetings are very relevant to following through on actions recommended and addressing new and emerging recreational boating problems and developments.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*NBSAC provides broad-based input to the Coast Guard regarding regulations and other major boating safety matters in accordance with its statutory mandate. This balance helps to ensure that regulations, if that solution is utilized, are well founded, and also that safety issues/concerns of the diverse boating interests are brought to the Coast Guard’s attention. Advice given by this Council is not available from within the Department because it does not employ (1) State boating safety officials; (2) boat or associated equipment manufacturers; or (3) representatives of national boating organizations. The members serving on this Council are experienced and knowledgeable representatives of their respective fields. The desired impact and credibility is not available through other committees or agencies, and could not be achieved through public hearings. The use of consultants would prove to be quite expensive compared to what is now being expended for the large amount of professional time involved in Council projects. In addition, there is no equivalent means available to fund and organize consumer representation in rulemaking in the systematic way that is presently achieved through the public members of the Council.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe current Council's charter is continued until December 4, 2020 in the Coast Guard Authorization Bill of 2018.
A new charter, establishing the National Boating Safety Committee was entered on March 30, 2020 and is valid for 2 years.

Legacy data from this Committee (formerly the National Boating Safety Advisory Council) will be maintained within this record.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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 Committee provides invaluable expertise to the US Coast Guard by allowing the Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety to use this resource for guidance as opposed to paying for consultants and other subject matter experts.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*130Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe above count is the total number of resolutions by NBSAC in its history. We reviewed all 29 open resolutions and consider 15 as fully implemented. Only 1 resolution was made by NBSAC this year (2020-103-01, Engine Cut-Off Switch Outreach).Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*51.72%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe above percentage is 15 divided by 29. There were 15 resolutions that were closed: 2020-103-01, 2019-101-01, 2019-101-02, 2016-96-02, 2016-95-01, 2015-93-01, 2014-92-01, 2014-92-02, 2014-91-01, 2012-90-003, 2009-83-01, 2006-77-04, 2005-76-02, 2004-73-02, 2003-72-02. Of the 15 closed, 11 were superseded both more recent resolutions (see list of open resolutions in Agency Feedback Comment section).Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.69%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe above number is 6 divided by 29. There are six resolutions that are open but considered partially addressed: 2017-98-02 (Reg Review Project), 2016-96-05 (OUPV Licensing), 2015-95-03 (State-led education), 2015-94-01 (ECOS wear), 2012-90-04 (Survey), and 2011-87-01 (Life Jacket Wear).Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The following 14 resolutions remain open: 2018-99-01 (Equivalency), 2017-98-02 (Reg Review Project), 2016-96-01 (Flares Alternative), 2016-96-02 (Fire Protection), 2016-96-04 (Pontoon Vessel Accident Analysis), 2016-96-05 (OUPV Licensing), 2016-96-06 (Human Factors Analysis), 2015-95-03 (State-led education), 2016-96-06, 2015-94-01 (ECOS wear), 2014-91-03 (MISLE Improvements), 2012-90-01 (Emergency Locator Beacons), 2012-90-04 (Survey), 2011-87-01 (Life Jacket Wear), and 2009-84-01 (Ethanol).Narrative Description*The Coast Guard's mission is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. waterways by the public. The Council supports the US Coast Guard's mission and the national recreational boating safety strategic plan by advising the Coast Guard on a variety of boating safety issues. Some of those issues require regulatory or legislative action and some only require administrative action by the US Coast Guard.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$157,072.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$161,784.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$22,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$9,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$8,100.00
Total Costs$157,072.00Est. Total Next FY*$201,384.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.60
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030867Boats and Associated Equipment2020
 COM-032262Prevention Through People2020
 COM-031382The Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Planning2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036210National Boating Safety Advisory Council2019
 COM-032827National Boating Safety Advisory Council2018
 COM-001268National Boating Safety Advisory Council2017
 COM-003015National Boating Safety Advisory Council2016
 COM-003412National Boating Safety Advisory Council2015
 COM-005138National Boating Safety Advisory Council2014
 COM-005517National Boating Safety Advisory Council2013
 COM-007280National Boating Safety Advisory Council2012
 COM-007603National Boating Safety Advisory Council2011
 COM-009436National Boating Safety Advisory Council2010
 COM-009717National Boating Safety Advisory Council2009
 COM-011397National Boating Safety Advisory Council2008
 COM-011583National Boating Safety Advisory Council2007
 COM-013207National Boating Safety Advisory Council2006
 COM-013424National Boating Safety Advisory Council2005
 COM-015111National Boating Safety Advisory Council2004
 COM-015309National Boating Safety Advisory Council2003
 COM-016657National Boating Safety Advisory Council2002
 COM-017718National Boating Safety Advisory Council2001
 COM-018842National Boating Safety Advisory Council2000
 COM-019504National Boating Safety Advisory Council1999
 COM-020519National Boating Safety Advisory Council1998
 COM-021570National Boating Safety Advisory Council1997