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EPA - 1942 - Good Neighbor Environmental Board - Presidential


Committee NameGood Neighbor Environmental BoardAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1942
Original Establishment Date9/12/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25-35
Current Charter Date6/20/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/20/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Eugene
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Green
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7 USC SECTION 5404, EO 12916 and EO 13811Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-2432
Effective Date Of Authority*9/12/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 564-8129
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Good Neighbor Environmental Board issues an annual report to the President on environmental and infrastructure needs along the U.S. border with Mexico. These reports incorporate public input from its border-community meetings as well as its diverse membership. Environmental issues along the border are greatly complicated by other issues such as immigration, security, cultural diversity, poverty, cross-border trade, and other issues. The Board is uniquely positioned to identify current and emerging issues of concern within this complicated policy arena, and advise the federal government on how best to allocate its resources to address these concerns. To accomplish its purpose, the Board maintains a close working relationship with the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the President's environmental advisor. Across EPA, the Board maintains a relationship with EPA's regional offices serving as both an information resource and as an objective provider of feedback. Thus, its recommendations have a direct effect on Agency operations.
How is membership balanced?*The Good Neighbor Environmental Board was created by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act of 1992 (7 U.S. Code Section 5404) to advise the President and the Congress concerning environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the States contiguous to Mexico. The Act requires that Board membership include representatives from USDA and other appropriate U.S. Government agencies; from the governments of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and from private organizations, including community development, academic, health, environmental, and other nongovernmental entities involved with environmental and infrastructure problems along the southwest border.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee expects to meet approximately three times a year. Meetings may occur every four months or as needed and approved by the DFO. Meetings may be held either in-person and/or via teleconference.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Good Neighbor Environmental Board was established pursuant to the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, 7 U.S.C. Section 5404 and Executive Order 12916. The GNEB is currently operating under the authority given in Executive Order 13811 dated September 27, 2019.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksAll members are Tier 1 (parent committee members). There are no Tier 2 (subcommittee) members serving.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAs stated above, it is difficult to draw a direct line between the Board's recommendations and actions taken within the federal government. However, the Board's advice and the background information it provides to support its advice increasingly are being referenced by media, academic organizations, government programs, and other institutions.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentIncreased understanding of the role of binational cooperation in addressing environmental challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border. Although the Board advises the U.S. President, its mission is to examine environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. Since environmental issues in the region span the international boundary, solving problems and identifying opportunities through binational cooperation has become a major thread that is woven throughout the Board's advice.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe recommendations the Board makes tend to call for broad institutional and policy changes that should be taken by numerous federal agencies that have environmental and infrastructure programs in the U.S. - Mexico border region. In some cases, the recommendation is in the form of cooperation and partnerships between the United States and Mexico. This process often is incremental and takes place over a long time frame and therefore is difficult to measure.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*343Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe CEQ, in conjunction with the Board, selects the topics for its annual report to the President. Topics and level of specificity of recommendations has varied widely, but in general cover actions related to major environmental concerns including air, water, energy, and waste as well as cross-cutting actions including collaboration and communication. Earlier reports tended to have many recommendations in numerous areas. More recently, reports have focused on a single topic, thereby allowing the Board to be more specific in its recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBecause the Board's recommendations are broad, involve multiple partners, and are submitted with the recognition that full implementation will take multiple years, will occur incrementally, and should be based on sustainability, it is difficult to determine an exact percentage of its recommendations that have been fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*40.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Board's annual reports are widely distributed throughout federal government agencies as well as numerous other organizations in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Increasingly, those who help to shape U.S. environmental policies are referring to the Board's work during their deliberations and their on-the-ground projects to improve environmental quality in the border region. Board members from participating federal agencies regularly report out on progress being made within their respective agencies.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*The Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the President's environmental advisor, provides a response letter to the recommendations on behalf of the President.Narrative Description*The Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) reports to the President; it does not report to the EPA. Therefore, its recommendations implicitly apply to EPA as well as other federal agencies. The GNEB supports both EPA’s mission and the Administrator’s priorities. It supports the protection of human health and the environment by providing recommendations on how the federal government can most effectively leverage its resources for maximum environmental protection along the U.S. border with Mexico. Through the diverse nature of its membership and the networks the members maintain, the GNEB is able to strengthen and build partnerships throughout the border region with multiple local and state stakeholders, federal agencies and Mexican sister agencies, as well as Tribes. To accomplish this task, the GNEB maintains a close working relationship with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the President’s environmental advisor. Within EPA, the GNEB maintains a relationship with the Agency’s Regional offices, serving as both an information resource and as an objective provider of feedback.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$5,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$30,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$139,698.40Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$150,000.00
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$24,974.09Est. Other Costs Next FY*$50,000.00
Total Costs$169,672.49Est. Total Next FY*$230,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.25Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035595Good Neighbor Environmental Board2019
 COM-032760Good Neighbor Environmental Board2018
 COM-001493Good Neighbor Environmental Board2017
 COM-002797Good Neighbor Environmental Board2016
 COM-003776Good Neighbor Environmental Board2015
 COM-004660Good Neighbor Environmental Board2014
 COM-005705Good Neighbor Environmental Board2013
 COM-006814Good Neighbor Environmental Board2012
 COM-008120Good Neighbor Environmental Board2011
 COM-008983Good Neighbor Environmental Board2010
 COM-010160Good Neighbor Environmental Board2009
 COM-010934Good Neighbor Environmental Board2008
 COM-012022Good Neighbor Environmental Board2007
 COM-012749Good Neighbor Environmental Board2006
 COM-013715Good Neighbor Environmental Board2005
 COM-014875Good Neighbor Environmental Board2004
 COM-015790Good Neighbor Environmental Board2003
 COM-016691Good Neighbor Environmental Board2002
 COM-017556Good Neighbor Environmental Board2001
 COM-018682Good Neighbor Environmental Board2000
 COM-019680Good Neighbor Environmental Board1999
 COM-020456Good Neighbor Environmental Board1998
 COM-021434Good Neighbor Environmental Board1997