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DHS - 748 - Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameBoard of Visitors for the National Fire AcademyAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number748
Original Establishment Date10/29/1974Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*8
Current Charter Date10/15/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Fire Administrator
Date Of Renewal Charter10/15/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixChief
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tonya
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hoover
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*15 United States Code, section 2206(j)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 447-1117
Effective Date Of Authority*10/29/1974Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board shall review annually the programs of the Academy and advise the FEMA Administrator through the U.S. Fire Administrator regarding the operation of the Academy and any improvements therein that the Board deems appropriate. The Board shall make interim advisories to the FEMA Administrator through the U.S. Fire Administrator whenever there is an indicated urgency to do so in fulfilling its duties.1. In carrying out their responsibilities, the Board shall include in their review:a. An examination of Academy programs to determine whether these programs further the basic missions which are approved by the FEMA Administrator;b. An examination of the physical plant of the Academy to determine the adequacy of the Academy facilities; and,c. An examination of the funding levels for the Academy programs.2. The Board shall submit its annual report through the U.S. Fire Administrator to the FEMA Administrator, in writing. This report shall provide detailed comments and recommendations regarding the operation of the Academy. The Board shall submit interim reports through the U.S. Fire Administrator to the FEMA Administrator whenever there is an indicated need to do so in the fulfillment of its duties.The U.S. Deputy Fire Administrator is the Designated Federal Officer who attends each meeting of the Board and is authorized, whenever he/she so determines it to be in the public interest, to adjourn any such meeting. The FEMA Administrator can designate a member of the management staff of the U.S. Fire Administration to be the Designated Federal Officer. The Board shall not conduct meetings in the absence of the Designated Federal Officer or his/her designee.By way of their actions, the Board helps the NFA provide the Nation’s fire and emergency response community with enhanced knowledge, skills, and abilities through its vital training programs. In turn, by training tens of thousands of emergency response personnel annually, the Academy helps to ensure a broad well-trained presence across the Nation, and this heightened preparedness level is crucial to preventing and responding to fire and other related hazards, including acts of terrorism.
How is membership balanced?*The members of the Board consists of professionals from the fields of fire safety, fire prevention (such as community risk reduction to include wildland urban interface) , fire control research and development in fire protection, treatment and rehabilitation of fire victims, or local government services management, and from such professional organizations as will ensure a balanced representation of fire and emergency services interests. Members will be appointed as Special Government Employees (SGEs) as defined in section 202(a) of title 18, United States Code.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Depending on funding availability and scheduling considerations, the Board meets as often as needed to fulfill its mission, but not less than once each Federal fiscal year at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to address its objectives and duties. Permission to meet at an alternate location may be granted by the U.S. Fire Administrator. Other meetings may be held via conference call. At a meeting, the Board may address a specific issue such as preparing the Board’s Annual Report or receive overviews on Academy curriculum, programs, and delivery.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Fire Service is parochial in nature with a tradition of over 200 years that often results in vested interests among the various sectors of the fire community. While there are many other sources from which to obtain information, guidance, and evaluation, none serve as well as this relatively unbiased group of professionals which represent the interest of the greater fire community universe. Its membership comes from all sectors and thus provides an internal check and balance with regard to their counsel and advice.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable.
Recommendation RemarksNot applicable.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 CommentThere is currently no mechanism in place to determine cost savings at this time.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*30Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations is for the current FY.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*85.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe percentage of committee recommendations that have been or will be fully implemented by the Agency is an approximation. Not all recommendations are fully or partially implemented due to limited resources and/or existing policy.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentPartially implemented due to limited resources and/or existing policy.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe BOV's Annual Report is sent to the head of the organization through appropriate channels.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback to the committee on proposed recommendions is provided informally through e-mail, telephone calls, and follow-up meeting discussions.Narrative Description*The Board supports the FEMA Mission and Vision, which is helping people before, during and after disasters and to have a prepared and resilient Nation. The Board also supports Strategic Goal #1 which promotes the idea that everyone should be prepared when disaster strikes. People who are prepared will be able to act quickly and decisively in the face of disasters, thereby preventing death and injuries, minimizing loss of property, and allowing for a more rapid and efficient recovery. The Board also supports Strategic Goal #2 which focuses on enhancing our collective readiness. The Nation's readiness depends on emergency management professionals who execute the mission on behalf of the Federal and SLTT governments. This requires a scalable and capable National Incident workforce that can adapt and deploy to a changing risk landscape, greater integration with our partners at all levels, and the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively in every situation. The Board annually reviews the Academy's training programs to determine whether they further the mission as approved by the Agency's Administrator. The Board makes recommendations for improvement, inspects the physical facilities in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and reviews funding levels for all Academy training programs.
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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*$154,378.83Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$157,000.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$3,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,000.00
Total Costs$157,378.83Est. Total Next FY*$167,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
Cost RemarksNo travel to campus this FY due to COVIDEst Cost Remarks7500.00 if travel is allowed due to COVID.
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Interest Areas

Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032266National Fire Incident Reporting System2020
 COM-031510U.S. Fire Administration Professional Development Initiative2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036220Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2019
 COM-032837Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2018
 COM-001271Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2017
 COM-003017Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2016
 COM-003410Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2015
 COM-005123Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2014
 COM-005496Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2013
 COM-007294Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2012
 COM-007617Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2011
 COM-009447Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2010
 COM-009702Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2009
 COM-011346Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2008
 COM-011573Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2007
 COM-013210Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2006
 COM-013381Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2005
 COM-015131Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2004
 COM-015357Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2003
 COM-016603Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2002
 COM-017796Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2001
 COM-018766Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy2000
 COM-019546Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy1999
 COM-020679Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy1998
 COM-021790Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy1997