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DOC - 12150 - Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing - Agency Authority


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Commercial Remote SensingAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number12150
Original Establishment Date3/15/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*9 - 20
Current Charter Date3/6/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director for NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs
Date Of Renewal Charter3/6/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tahara
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameD
Specific Termination AuthorityNoneDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Dawkins
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretarial Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 713-3385
Effective Date Of Authority*3/15/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 713-1249
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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry and NOAA's activities to carry out the Department's responsibilities set forth in the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010, 51 U.S.C. Sec. 60101 and the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (15 CFR Part 960) and applicable U.S. Policy, which addresses the U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite industry. The Committee's duties are to: 1. gather information to define issues submitted by NOAA for consideration by the Committee, develop positions on those issues, and present the Committee's positions to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; 2. evaluate economic, technological, and institutional developments relating to commercial remote-sensing and submit to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere recommendations on promising new ideas and approaches for federal policies and programs; and 3. serve as a forum for the discussion of issues involving the relationship between industry activities and Government policies, programs, and regulatory requirements.
How is membership balanced?*The membership is fairly balanced regarding views represented and the functions to be performed by the Committee. Membership is based on clear, standardized criteria in accordance with applicable DOC policies. The Under Secretary, after consultation with the appropriate Government agencies, industry representatives, business organizations, the scientific community, and public interest groups, appoints the members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets at least 2 times a year for full day meetings from 9 AM - 4 PM to discuss advice and recommendations in parallel to current efforts of legislative, regulatory, and national policy reforms to ensure that advice is timely and integrated in important reform channels.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is essential because it provides valuable information and advice to NOAA as it carries out its regulatory responsibilities under the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010, 51 U.S.C. Sec. 60101 and 15 CFR 960. The Committee has provided broad guidance to NOAA. As an independent group, the Committee has been able to factor in our broader national security and health of the industry. Advice of the ACCRES Committee is independent and includes balanced perspectives not available from other sources. The Committee is examining new approaches to foster the remote sensing industry. The Committee has continued to examine law, policy and license conditions in 2019.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings of the Committee may be closed to the public only as authorized by Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App 2), as amended, and applicable regulations. Committee meetings are closed only when discussing classified information
Recommendation RemarksDue to meeting cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Committee met only 1 time in FY20.

ACCRES Committee members are not currently compensated in any way. The current Charter provides the opportunity for Travel and Per Diem funded by the Executive Branch, once the budget allows.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Committee found that there was more work and research required to determine how private remote sensing licensing would change under the new rule. There were 3 additional working groups established. The Implementation Working Group was established to research where tier boundaries should be drawn, help to clarify lines between “enhanced” and “unenhanced” data capabilities and associated issues within the framework of the regulations . The Data Availability Working Group was formed to research the data that is available from foreign sources. The Futures Group will take a look ahead at emerging commercial space technologies and activities over the next decade, to consider the topic of Non-Earth Imaging (NEI) and to determine what regulatory issues may arise if there is no regulatory framework around these systems. The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) group would be continued to examine the SAR industry and how it can be effectively nurtured by USG regulation, how best to regulate SAR systems under the final rule and if SAR requires a different regulatory framework.
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 CommentCost Savings are unmeasurable but empirical data indicate savings to government from alternative methods of obtaining industry input.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*21Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no new recommendations in 2020.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*81.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe final rule for Licensing Private Remote Sensing Systems was published in the Federal Register on May 20,2020. The final rule took into account many of the recommendations from the Committee and the licensed community. In 2019 the Committee listed 21 recommendations on the proposed rule for licensing private remote sensing systems. There were 17 recommendations that ACCRES made that were adopted in some form. The most significant of these was ACCRES's recommendation to move to a commercial availability standard for tiering licenses, rather than the high- or low-risk categorization in the proposed rule.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThere were no recommendations partially implemented to date.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NOAA has worked closely with the Committee regarding its recommendations. The Committee has invited other agencies involved in the licensing process to attend the public meetings to discuss the rationale for the license condition and implementation under consideration. NOAA and ACCRES are working on implementation of the final rule the went into effect July 20, 2020.Narrative Description*The Committee is essential to the agency because it provides valuable information and advice to NOAA as it carries out the National Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010 and regulations, 15 CFR 960. It is important that NOAA have an independent group to provide broad guidance that factors in our broader national security and health of the industry.The Committee supports the Department of Commerce and NOAA's strategic goals by providing recommendations which are intended to maximize U.S. industry competitiveness and enable economic growth.
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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*$31,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$31,000.00
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*$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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$31,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$31,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Cost Remarks$31K is the calculation for the .2 estimated time (% of the DFOs income/position) that our FTE spends on activities for ACCRES.Est Cost Remarks$31K is the calculation for the .2 estimated time (% of the DFOs income/position) that our FTE spends on activities for ACCRES.
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Interest Areas

Earth Sciences
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Space and Aeronautics


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035878Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2019
 COM-034288Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2018
 COM-001298Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2017
 COM-002990Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2016
 COM-003484Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2015
 COM-005093Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2014
 COM-005551Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2013
 COM-007239Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2012
 COM-007655Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2011
 COM-009360Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2010
 COM-009751Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2009
 COM-011324Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2008
 COM-011590Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2007
 COM-013202Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2006
 COM-013453Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2005
 COM-015061Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2004
 COM-015404Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2003
 COM-017040Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing2002