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DOT - 700 - Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameResearch, Engineering, and Development Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Transportation
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number700
Original Establishment Date11/3/1989Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date1/30/1989Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Shelley
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Yak
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*49 U.S. Code § 44508), as amendedDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(609) 485-6085
Effective Date Of Authority*11/3/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*609-641-5152
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 RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The REDAC meets twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. During the fall meeting, the Committee provides advice on how the FAA should invest its Research and Development (R&D) funding in future portfolio development processes. In the fall, the Committee provides guidance for the FY+3 R&D portfolio. During the spring meeting, the Committee reviews the proposed R&D portfolio, and provides additional recommendations for the FY+2 R&D portfolio. The FAA tracks the implementation of these recommendations in the REDAC Database. Enhanced automation and technology will be incorporated to optimize future program analyses. There are five standing subcommittees that support the REDAC by conducting reviews in the summer and winter for the following research areas: Aircraft Safety; NAS Operations; Environment and Energy; Airports; and Human Factors. During the summer, the subcommittees work with the sponsors and performers to conduct detailed program reviews. During the winter, the subcommittees conduct detailed reviews of the proposed R&D portfolios.
How is membership balanced?*In accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering, and Development Authorization Act of l990, Title IX, Subtitle C, Public Law 101-508, dated November 5, l990, current committee members represent the following categories: Universities and Research Centers-1; Associations - 2; Consumers-3; Total - 6
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets an average of two times per year and conducts a number of subcommittee and working group meetings. As a consequence of the pandemic crisis, several meetings occurred via a virtual/remote platform after mid-March 2020. During fiscal year 2020, the Committee provided useful recommendations concerning the FAA's Research and Development priorities, investments and resource utilization. It offered sound advice for the continuous scoping of strategic research direction, identification of the impacts of COVID-19 and required mitigation or solution planning and execution. It was important for the critical discussions regarding the refinement of the FAA Research Landscape drivers and provided informed professional subject expertise and awareness of emerging aviation related topics including future equipage needs, Autonomous Vehicles, Urban Air Mobility concepts, Big Data Management, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence. These recommendations allow the FAA to produce an R&D investment portfolio that addresses the needs of the industry while maintaining positive aviation leadership influence. The Committee includes subject matter experts in the fields of aviation and aerospace that are able to assist the FAA with the critical identification of partnering and leveraging opportunities for Research & Development efforts with industry and other government agencies. These partnerships have the potential to save tax dollars. The Committee also provides a valuable mechanism for the FAA to obtain feedback from customer and stakeholder groups. The Committee and its subcommittees, including ad hoc subcommittees, are used by organizations throughout FAA as a means to access its customer community, its stakeholders and a host of subject matter experts in aviation-related areas, domestically and globally.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee provides the FAA with an inexpensive and very effective mechanism for obtaining advice on Research & Development (R&D) issues from the nation's leading experts in aviation. Regularly scheduled committee meetings permit consistency in technical assessment and planning that supports the FAA in the development of R&D priorities, informative Research Landscape design and the effective utilization of the expansive knowledge base and intellectual capital that the Committee provides. Each year, the FAA involves the Committee in reviewing planned R&D investments. FAA also engages the Committee to help coordinate FAA collaborative R&D activities with industry and other Government agencies like NASA and DoD. Obtaining such information from other sources would be less efficient and more costly and time consuming. The Committee also supports the Agency as it moves towards the design of the future Next Generation Air Transportation System, the integration of UAS/UTM in the NAS, the development of Cybersecurity protocols and platforms, endeavors in emerging technologies while maintaining awareness of Electric Propulsion Vehicles, Urban Air Mobility/Advanced Air Mobility, Big Data Management, Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Equipage, Commercial Space and other enhancements required to sustain safe and secure air travel.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 CommentThe Agency has requested the assistance of the Committee to conduct various studies. Ad hoc working groups may be formed to provide guidance to the Agency on specific topics of interest.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee's work is required by legislation and meets this requirement through meetings, information sharing, partnering, etc. The Agency relies on the Committee's work to develop its research and development portfolio. The ad hoc working groups provide the Agency with expertise to help address specific issues.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee provides the Agency advice from experts outside of the Agency. The Agency would not be able to pay to have these resources. The members do not get paid for their time.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*914Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee provides recommendations to the Administrator twice a year. They also provide recommendations from the ad hoc working groups and their reports. From 2005-2020, the Agency has received 914 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Agency receives and reviews all recommendations from the Committee when formulating the research and development portfolio. Some of the recommendations the Agency can or cannot accept dependent upon the scope of the recommendation.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAll of the Committee's recommendations are reviewed and considered for execution when the Agency formulates its research portfolio. The recommendations provided by the Committee help the Agency prioritize funding and various research progams.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The FAA responds in writing back to the Committee Chair with a letter signed by the FAA Administrator providing the Agency's intended actions pertaining to REDAC's recommendations. Additional feedback is given at the subcommittee meetings where the members are updated on the status of the implementation of the recommendations. The FAA tracks the implementation of all of the recommendations in a database. At each meeting, the FAA reports the status to the recommending subcommittee until the subcommittee votes to close the recommendation.Narrative Description*The REDAC and its standing subcommittees are completely engaged in providing advice and recommendations on FAA's portfolio of research and development projects. The Full REDAC meets twice each year to review and approve the work of the subcommittees and to provide guidance to the FAA on the portfolio of projects and then again review proposed portfolio measures developed using their guidance. The standing subcommittees do the same activities at a much more detailed level, working with the research performers. Subcommittees also review the execution of these projects to ensure they are directed toward their original intent, are of high quality, and are achieving satisfactory progress. The reports included in the FY20 data were thoroughly discussed and edited to include the REDAC parent committee's deliberations and recommendations. These reports address FAA R&D Portfolios 3 years out, thus the 2022 title referenced in the reports name.
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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*$109,595.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$112,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$270.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$1,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$4,773.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$114,638.00Est. Total Next FY*$118,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Cost RemarksCosts were impacted by adjustments occurring due to the pandemic.Est Cost RemarksFuture associated costs will be contingent upon the planning, protocols and processes restructuring resultant in part to pandemic impacts.
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Interest Areas

Air Traffic
Airline Sciences
Research and Development


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030940Aircraft Safety2020
 COM-029374Environment and Energy2020
 COM-032258Human Factors (REDAC)2020
 COM-032309NAS Operations2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035561Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032975Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001471Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002686Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003608Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004779Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005873Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006884Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2012
 COM-008029Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009237Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010129Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010883Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012001Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013003Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013651Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014673Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015772Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016703Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017499Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018684Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019638Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020500Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021572Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee1997