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DOD - 400 - Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board - Agency Authority


Committee NameChief of Engineers Environmental Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number400
Original Establishment Date9/12/1984Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date8/31/2019Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date6/6/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/6/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mindy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Simmons
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 761-4127
Effective Date Of Authority*9/12/1984Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 761-1113
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?*The Board presents its advice and suggestions related to current environmental issues to the Chief of Engineers during Board meetings that are open to the public, and recommendations in the minutes of the Board meetings, and brief letter reports. Minutes of the Board meetings letter reports are available to the public on the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board website.
How is membership balanced?*Membership is formulated to contain a broad mix of environmental disciplines as well as a wide range of geographic representation and institutional backgrounds including academia, non-governmental organizations and non-Federal governments.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings of the EAB are typically held twice each year. Meetings are open to the public. The board presents its advice and suggestions related to current environmental issues to the Chief of Engineers during Board meetings. Meetings allow the Chief to seek clarification of advice and suggestions and to request the Board to explore issues of concern to the Corps. At the January 2018 meeting, the board discussed and provided preliminary recommendations related to Sustainability training of USACE staff, and about improvements USACE could make to regional strategic assessments. These are just two of many tasks the Board is working on per direction of the Chief in the July 2017 meeting. Both of these are related to actions in the USACE Campaign Plan. The Board also began gathering information on regional sediment management, and beneficial use of dredged material, a topic of high relevance to USACE given recent legislation establishing a beneficial use pilot program and issues facing our navigation program. At the July 2017 meeting the, new Chief of Engineers provided guidance to the Board on which of these tasks he found most relevant to the Corps and that he wants them to pursue over the next two years. During FY16, the Board focused on finalizing recommendations described in their 2014-2015 Work Plan (available on the website) prior to the departure of LTG Bostick. They followed up on their recommendations on environmental flows (i.e., how to operate our projects to provide environmental benefits at little or no additional cost), on increasing recruitment and competencies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. They also produced two new reports- one on Ecosystem Goods and Services and another on prioritizing ecosystem restoration projects. During FY15, the Board focused on items in their 2014-2015 work plan and produced the reports on e-flows and STEM. Topics generally consist of on-going or anticipated environmental challenges which face the Corps including activities of the Corps following record droughts and flooding, and the Corps’ role regarding sustainable rivers, cumulative effects to large ecosystems, aging infrastructure, and invasive nuisance species. The Chief obtains expert independent, external advice from the Board; the Board serves as a vehicle of communication to facilitate collaboration and greater mutual understanding with the environmental community, and public at large.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that no other DoD advisory committee can provide the independent advice provided by the Chiefs of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board provides the Chief of Engineers (Department of the Army).
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Secretary of the Army, and only after consultation with the Office of General Counsel for the Department of the Army.
Recommendation RemarksThis discretionary advisory committee, the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board was terminated by the Department of Defense (DoD) as part of DoD’s compliance with the 1/3 reduction in discretionary advisory committees directed by Executive Order 13875, “Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees”, dated June 14, 2019.

The Board does not always issue a separate report to the government Decision Maker. The Board's recommendations are often contained solely within its meeting minutes and occassional letters to the Chief of Engineers.

The Board is not authorized to have subcommittees.

The Board's charter says the estimated number of meetings is two per year, but is not required to hold two meetings. The Board held one deliberative meeting in FY18 on January 10th in Jacksonville, FL. At this meeting, the Board discussed in depth two of the tasks given to them in their July 2017 meeting and provided preliminary recommendations to the Chief of Engineers. A second meeting is scheduled for Sept 2018 where those recommendations will be finalized, and other topics will be discussed. The Board held one deliberative meeting in FY2017 on July 12, 2017 in Traverse City, MI. In 2017, the EAB focused on gathering information to develop a list of potential work topics to discuss with the new Chief of Engineers at their July meeting. They then focused on creating scopes of work for each task he requested. This was a more efficient and effective use of their time than holding a second public meeting in 2017. In FY2016, the board held meetings on Dec 2, 2015, in West Palm Beach, FL, and on June 23 in Washington, DC. There is one remaining vacancy on the Board.

The Board held only one deliberative meeting in both FY15 and in FY14 due to changeover in the majority of the Board members.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentIn FY17 USACE incorporated the recommendation for a nationwide permit for low-head dam removal into it's latest rounds of permits. USACE also implemented several of the Board's recommendations related to improving processes for prioritizing ecosystem restoration projects. In FY16, the EAB recommended that the Corps issue a nationwide permit for low-head dam removal to streamline authorization for removal of deteriorating or unused low-head dams for stream restoration. The EAB also made three recommendations on how the Corps can incorporate Ecosystem Goods and Services into its processes to inform its decisions and better illustrate outcomes. The EAB also provided six recommendations to change the process for prioritizing its ecosystem restoration projects. The Corps has already implemented two of these recommendations in its FY18 budget development process.In FY15, the EAB recommended that the Chief of Engineers develop a working group to address two issues related to recruitment of expertise in Science Technology Engineering and Math in the Corps of Engineers; focusing on first gathering data to better understand potential STEM resources to assist service members (particularly minorities); and second to recommend how to use these resources tomake informed decisions about purusing STEM education and careers within the Corps. During FY14 EAB suggested high priority aquatic ecosystem restoration projects including modifications of releases from reservoirs. The Corps has also implemented the EAB suggestion to incorporate an environmental awareness segment in the training course for all new district and division commanders. The EAB continues to develop recommendation on changes to facility operations to improve stream ecosystems and regarding water/energy conservation.
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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*36Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY19, the EAB submitted one report to the Chief of Engineers and it had 4 recommendations. Committee has made recommendations on various aspects of ecosystem protection and restoration through Water Resources Management. Number above reflects total formal recommendations from 2003 through FY2017. Preliminary recommendations have been made on two topics in FY18 and will be provided formally at the September 2018 meeting. No data are available prior to 2003.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*22.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentPercentage decreased due to many new recommendations in FY16 that we are working to respond to and implement. Recommendations are complex, multi-faceted scientific and technical in nature. All aspects are fully considered and individual components are implemented as appropriate over time.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*70.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations are complex, multi-faceted scientific and technical in nature. All aspects are fully considered and individual components are implemented as appropriate over time. Suggested changes regarding revisions to Climate change guidance and cumulative effect analyses were partial adopted. Additonal recommendations still being considered.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Responses to committee recommendations are a part of discussions at subsequent meetings. Written feedback is also provided for some recommendations. Agency has also responded to recommendations through immediate implementation of obvious actions without formal correspondance back to the Board.Narrative Description*The Environmental Advisory Board supports and advances programs of the Army Corps of Engineers by supporting the Army and the Corps Strategic Plan and the Campaign Plans
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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*$190,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$60,000.00Est 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*$20,000.00Est. 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$20,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$290,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost RemarksCommittee was terminated in FY19.
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Natural Resources
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Waste Disposal
Conservation and Preservation
Boating and Navigation
Water Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033077Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2018
 COM-001438Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2017
 COM-002911Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2016
 COM-003516Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2015
 COM-004963Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2014
 COM-005634Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2013
 COM-007167Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2012
 COM-007717Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2011
 COM-009298Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2010
 COM-009869Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2009
 COM-011215Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2008
 COM-011629Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2007
 COM-013109Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2006
 COM-013568Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2005
 COM-015028Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2004
 COM-015421Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2003
 COM-017125Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2002
 COM-017381Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2001
 COM-018904Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board2000
 COM-019312Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board1999
 COM-020949Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board1998
 COM-021231Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board1997