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DOE - 1176 - DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameDOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1176
Original Establishment Date9/23/1977Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date9/27/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Associate Director of the Office of Science, for Nuclear Physics
Date Of Renewal Charter9/27/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Timothy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hallman
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*NSF Circular #109, Rev. #3Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 903-3613
Effective Date Of Authority*8/11/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-903-3833
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?*NSAC responds to charges, usually issued jointly by NSF and DOE. Most charges relate to issues surrounding facilities or general policy, and are addressed by appointing a subcommittee consisting of NSAC members and members of the nuclear physics community after discussion and voting whether or not to accept the reports, NSAC then transmits any resulting reports with accompanying recommendations. Every 5-7 years, NSAC is charged with preparing a long-range plan for the entire field of nuclear science. This is a broad-based activity easily involving 100-200 people, but is led and overseen by NSAC, which is responsible for the resulting report and its recommendations.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the committee has been carefully considered in order to obtain diversity and a balance of disciplines, interest, experiences, points of view, and geographical location. The employers of the members include universites, national laboratories, and the Federal Government. Ex officio non voting representation includes: the chairs of the APS/Division of Nuclear Physics, the ACS/Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology and the SNMMI/Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*NSAC meets at least once per year, and as often as 3-4 times per year, depending upon the charges given to NSAC by the two agencies. An NSAC subcommittee organized in response to a charge may meet 5-6 times or more in carrying out its work.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*NSAC provides advice on scientific priorities from recognized scientific and technical experts with specialized knowledge and experience that represents a broad spectrum of views spanning the field and its institutional components. The information provided by NSAC cannot be obtained in other ways.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Committee is a joint committee between DOE and NSF with both agencies sharing the direction of NSAC, but DOE will have the adminstrative responsibility for the committee. Due to three new charges that have been presented to the committee the cost estimate has been adjusted to cover the meetings and expenses that might occur. Last year the committee's expenses were minimal due to only one meeting.


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 ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentSome NSAC reports, notably the annual Mo 99 report, have resulted in the initiation of, or stimulated progress toward, new DOE activities, such as the uranium lease and take-back program.
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*175Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince April of 1978, 82 reports have been issued covering all aspects of user facilities, research, planning, and program management. NSAC recommendations are made in response to written charges from the agencies. Within a given charge there may be more than one area of reccommendation that DOE/NSF requests. This number varies from year to year. These reports contain more than 180 separate and distinct recommendations with individual reports having as few as two and as many as fifteen recommendations.
Reports on progress and implementation made at subsequent Committee meetings and/or in writing are posted on the Committee website. Since 2014, one annual NSAC report, an assessment of the NNSA Mo 99 program, has been mandated by statute.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Both DOE and NSF communicate and report to NSAC on current activities in the context of implementing recommendations offered by NSAC at each meeting. Feedback is provided to the Committee by the Associate Director of Science for Nuclear Physics (DOE) and the Director of the Physics Division (NSF), or their designees. In addition, they provide verbal reports regarding NSAC activities to the nuclear science community at its annual divisional meetings. Also, on an annual basis, the Director for the Office of Science (DOE) and the Assistant Director of the Mathematics and Physical Science Directorate (NSF) provide feedback to NSAC via formal presentations at an NSAC Meeting.Narrative Description*The mission of the DOE Nuclear Physics (NP) program is to conduct experimental and theoretical basic research in nuclear physics. The DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), upon request, provides advice to both agencies on determining priorities within the field of basic nuclear science research and helps to identify compelling research opportunities. NSAC reports to the Director, Office of Science and to the Assistant Director, Mathermatical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation.
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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*$83,769.50Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$83,769.50
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$73,385.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$73,385.00
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$145,873.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$150,000.00
Total Costs$303,027.50Est. Total Next FY*$307,154.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Basic Science


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036358DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033560DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001457DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002954DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003492DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004921DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005677DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007187DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007794DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009236DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009897DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011173DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011745DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013040DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013518DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015012DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016135DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016333DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017482DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018853DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020046DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020178DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021342DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee1997