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DOE - 5298 - Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameAdvanced Scientific Computing Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number5298
Original Establishment Date8/12/1999Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*approximately 20
Current Charter Date6/28/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter6/28/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Christine
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Chalk
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 903-5152
Effective Date Of Authority*8/12/1999Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-903-7774
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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*ASCAC is charged by the Director for Science (SC), to: periodically review elements of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program and provide recommendations based thereon; provide advice on long range plans, priorities, and strategies to address more effectively the scientific aspects of advanced scientific computing including the relationship to other scientific disciplines; provide advice on appropriate levels of funding to develop those plans, priorities, and strategies; and provide advice on national policy and scientific issues related to advanced scientific computing that are of concern to the Department of Energy as requested by the Secretary or the Under Secretary for Science. The committee responds to charges, at the direction of the Director of the Office of Science, that are then discussed at public meetings.
How is membership balanced?*Committee members are chosen to ensure an appropriately balanced representation of various points of view and functions of interested stakeholders and professionals as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, and implenting regulations. Particular attention is given to obtaining diversity including interests, experiences, points of view, and geography as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463), and implementing regulations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The ASCAC meets, on average, three times a year and reports on a continuing basis to the Under Secretary for Science. The ASCAC also responds to direct charges from the Director of the Office of Science in the form of formal reports.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advice and recommendations provided by ASCAC on computational science and advanced computing and network facilities in support of all departmental programs is essential to national research needs and priorities. The requisite knowledge and experience is not available within the DOE or its existing committees, and cannot be provided by a single contractor.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are always open to the general public. ASCAC does not have any closed meetings.
Recommendation RemarksThe committee costs for the ASCAC were higher than would be expected this year due to three active subcommittees. However, COVID related shift to virtual meetings helped to defray subcommittee costs.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 FY 2020, the ASCAC made specific recommendations with regard to research priorities that are currently being folded into Office of Science and Department decisions, particularly with regard to investments in future computing technologies and AI. Many recommendations from past COVs are currently or are being implemented in the Office of Science PAMS system.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentTrust in Government: Trust in government is advanced by the completely open, public nature of all proceedings, committee meetings and reports; through provision for public comment following all committee meetings; and through a comprehensive and informative website. Advance in scientific research: Advance in scientific research is facilitated and supported by actions stated in the committee's mission statement. ASCAC is influential in the community. ASCAC reports highlight state-of-the-art research in related fields and encourages further contributions and progress.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentThe Committee (ASCAC) does not review or award grant applications.
Number Of Recommendations*99Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince the formation of ASCAC, in 1999 to FY 2019, the committee has issued 38 reports and made over 128 recommendations, with 78 actionable recommendations. In FY 2020, the ASCAC accepted three reports that are publicly available on the ASCAC website. Together these reports made 21 new actionable recommendations. In addition, ASCAC had four active charges in FY 2020: one on-going charge to review the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI); one to identify the opportunities and challenges of AI technologies; one to identify the key elements of the Exascale Computing Project that need to be transitioned into the research program; and one to Assess and document the historical accomplishments of the ASCR program and its predecessor programs.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentImplementation of recent recommendations is an on-going process. However, the program has implemented many of the older recommendations including the establishment of leadership computing facilities, establishment of exascale research effort as a DOE project, changes within OSTI and numerous program management recommendations from COV subcommittees.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*75.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe nature of many recommendations require that implemented be seen as a partial response but on-going. For example, the recent future computing technologies recommendations will be considered on-going for many years. Some historical recommendations have been overtaken by events before they could be fully implemented and some recommendations are pending congressional action.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*A program response to the FY18 Committee of Visitors recommendations was posted on the ASCAC website within 30 days of receiving the final COV report. The ASCAC is briefed on status of facilities and exascale activities at least once a year. The Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Science, a member of Agency senior management, provides feedback regularly to the ASCAC - either directly to the Committee, to its Chair, or through the Associate Director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research, who attends all ASCAC and related meetings.Narrative Description*ASCAC provides valuable, independent advice to DOE on a variety of complex scientific and technical issues related to its Advanced Scientific Computing Research Program. Recommendations include advice on long-range plans, priorities and strategies to address more effectively the scientific aspects of advanced scientific computing including the relationship to other scientific disciplines.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$5,670.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$6,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$26,325.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$28,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$14,044.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$15,000.00
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$177,753.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$175,000.00
Total Costs$223,792.00Est. Total Next FY*$224,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.15
Cost RemarksThree active subcommittees held face to face meetings before COVID. These costs were offset by the COVID related shift to virtual meetings.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Computer Technology
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036357Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033559Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001466Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002830Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003476Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004972Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005662Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007100Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007693Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009247Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009900Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011175Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011748Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013038Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013613Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014925Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015436Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016912Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017498Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018938Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee2000