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EPA - 1914 - Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation - Presidential
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameGovernmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental CooperationAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1914
Original Establishment Date5/13/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date6/20/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter6/20/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Oscar
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityE.O. 12915Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Carrillo
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*E.O. 12915 and the recent cont. E.O. 13708Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-0347
Effective Date Of Authority*5/13/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 564-8129
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*carrillo.oscar@epa.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) produced one advice letter with numerous recommendations to EPA on a variety of North American environment and trade policy issues related to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The committee held one meeting in fiscal year 2020. All meetings include public comment sessions and presentations by high ranking officials in the United States Government, senior officials from the CEC Secretariat in Montreal, Canada, and the Chair of the trilateral Joint Public Advisory Committee. This blend of experts and high ranking officials at meetings engages members in a rigorous dialogue from which to create their advice. During the April 2020 virtual meeting, the GAC met jointly with their sister committee, the National Advisory Committee, for the first two hours and then separately on the last hour to develop distinct advice letters commensurate with their sector groupings. In addition, the GAC Chair provided a summary of the committee’s advice letter at the CEC 2020 virtual Council Session chaired by the Canadian Environmental Minister. The main accomplishments of the Committee are summarized below:

The committee’s April 27, 2020 advice letter contains recommendations on the five strategic priorities in the CEC’s draft Strategic Plan: 1) Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, 2) Clean Air, Land and Water 3) Shared Ecosystems and Species, 4) Shared Ecosystems and Species, Resilient Communities and 5) Effective Enforcement of Environmental Laws.

The U.S. Government (USG) replied to the GAC with a letter on July 29, 2020 addressing their recommendations. First, it “thanked the GAC for their ranking exercise within each strategic priority area and cross-cutting approach as it will inform our decisions…also appreciated recommendations regarding specific project/initiatives…” Regarding priority #1, the USG concurred with GAC’s advice that “the establishment of partnerships will be crucial in developing this priority area. Partnerships with industry, research organizations, and others will ensure the most comprehensive results for each topic, and we will evaluate specific collaboration opportunities once particular projects are agreed upon within the next Operational Plan.” Regarding priority #2, U.S. replied that it agrees that the CEC has an important role to play in helping reduce smog-forming pollutants and are pleased that this issue is included in the Strategic Plan.” Regarding the issue of sewage infrastructure inadequacies in the Tijuana River Watershed, the USG said, “EPA will be addressing the transboundary water flow issues and sewage pollution infrastructure needs through our US-Mexico binational efforts.” Regarding priority #3, the USG thanked the GAC for identifying the top issue of interest… as they present great opportunities for collaboration.” Regarding priority #4, the USG it appreciated the feedback on the importance of nature-based solutions and ideas concerning specific projects and case studies related to marine protected areas and the North America Protected Areas Network. Regarding priority #5, the USG agreed that the current pandemic provides us with challenges and opportunities in dealing with environmental issues and that a variety of stakeholders. Finally, the USG thanked the GAC for “its comprehensive and helpful advice in response to the development of the 2021-2025 CEC Strategic Plan.”
How is membership balanced?*As called for in its authorizations, the GAC is comprised of representatives from state, local, and Tribal governments.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The GAC typically meets twice a year to discuss North American environmental issues. The Fall meeting is to discuss the CEC's Draft Operational Plan. The Spring meeting is to advise the EPA Administrator on deliverables for the annual summer Environmental Ministers meeting. In FY 2020, the GAC met once.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The GAC is authorized under Article 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the North American Free Trade Implementation Act, P.L. 103-182, and is directed by Executive Order 12915. The GAC is currently operating under the authority given in Executive Order 13811, dated September 30, 2019.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed or partially closed during FY 2020
Recommendation RemarksAll members are Tier 1 (parent committee members). There are no Tier 2 (subcommittee) members serving.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants 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*233Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere have been 233 recommendations since the inception of the GAC, including the 6 recommendations in FY 2020.

1) Advice 2020-1a: Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency
2) Advice 2020-1b: Clean Air, Land and Water
3) Advice 2020-1c: Shared Ecosystems and Species
4) Advice 2020-1d: Shared Ecosystems and Species, Resilient Communities
5) Advice 2020-1e: Effective Enforcement of Environmental Laws
6) Advice 2020-1f: Other Advice: Coronavirus implications
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSee description of accomplishments above. For more detailed information please see U.S. Government Response letters at committee website: https://www.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee description of accomplishments above. For more detailed information please see U.S. Government Response letters at GAC website: https://www.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The committee's recommendations are always in the form of letters. The agency responds with a letter informing the GAC of the status of their advice i.e., whether they have implemented their recommendations or whether the EPA has decided on an alternative direction.Narrative Description*The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) supports the agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. The work of the GAC supports the EPA Administrator in achieving the goals of safeguarding the natural environment--air, water, and land, via trilateral activities in the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The CEC is a trilateral institution created by the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and funded by the Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
The GAC provides the EPA Administrator with policy perspectives from state, local and tribal government representatives. Their advice is useful to the U.S. Government as it negotiates the cooperative 5-Year Strategic Plan, and the Operational Plan with Canada and Mexico and prepares for the outcomes of the annual Environment Ministers Council Session.

Each year the committee reviews and provides advice on two major CEC products. One is the Operational Plan and secondly is the CEC’s Annual Council Session and other topics as directed by the EPA Administrator. Every five years the Strategic plan is also reviewed by the GAC. The Operational Plan addresses key issues in the CEC Strategic Plan, which sets tri-lateral priorities for environmental management in North America. The current five priority areas in the CEC Strategic plan are: 1) Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, 2) Clean Air, Land and Water 3) Shared Ecosystems and Species, 4) Shared Ecosystems and Species, Resilient Communities and 5) Effective Enforcement of Environmental Laws.
In fiscal year 2020, the GAC completed one advice letter and 5 recommendations to EPA on a variety of North American environment and trade policy issues related to the CEC. The committee met once in fiscal year 2020. In addition, the GAC Chair provided a summary of the committee’s advice letter at the CEC 2020 virtual Council Session chaired by the Canadian Environmental Minister. The main accomplishments of the Committee are summarized below:

The committee’s April 27, 2020 advice letter contains recommendations on the five strategic priorities in the CEC’s draft Strategic plans: 1) Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, 2) Clean Air, Land and Water 3) Shared Ecosystems and Species, 4) Shared Ecosystems and Species, Resilient Communities and 5) Effective Enforcement of Environmental Laws.

The U.S. Government (USG) replied to the GAC with a letter on July 29, 2020 addressing their recommendations. First, it “thanked the GAC for their ranking exercise within each strategic priority area and cross-cutting approach as it will inform our decisions…also appreciated recommendations regarding specific project/initiatives…” Regarding priority #1, the USG concurred with GAC’s advice that “the establishment of partnerships will be crucial in developing this priority area. Partnerships with industry, research organizations, and others will ensure the most comprehensive results for each topic, and we will evaluate specific collaboration opportunities once particular projects are agreed upon within the next Operational Plan.” Regarding priority #2, U.S. replied that it agrees that the CEC has an important role to play in helping reduce smog-forming pollutants and are pleased that this issue is included in the Strategic Plan.” Regarding the issue of sewage infrastructure inadequacies in the Tijuana River Watershed, the USG said, “EPA will be addressing the transboundary water flow issues and sewage pollution infrastructure needs through our US-Mexico binational efforts.” Regarding priority #3, the USG thanked the GAC for identifying the top issue of interest… as they present great opportunities for collaboration.” Regarding priority #4, the USG it appreciated the feedback on the importance of nature-based solutions and ideas concerning specific projects and case studies related to marine protected areas and the North America Protected Areas Network. Regarding priority #5, the USG agreed that the current pandemic provides us with challenges and opportunities in dealing with environmental issues and that a variety of stakeholders. Finally, the USG thanked the GAC for “its comprehensive and helpful advice in response to the development of the 2021-2025 CEC Strategic Plan.”
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$116,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$117,100.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$20,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,040.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$3,083.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,010.00
Total Costs$119,583.00Est. Total Next FY*$145,150.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.70Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.70
Cost RemarksMeeting held this year was via video conference.Est Cost RemarksNext year we hope to have at least one in person meeting which will increase travel costs.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Environment
Environmental Issues
International
International Organizations
Trade
Trade and Trade Policy
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035593Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2019
 COM-032758Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2018
 COM-001490Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2017
 COM-002647Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2016
 COM-003897Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2015
 COM-004907Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2014
 COM-005985Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2013
 COM-006778Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2012
 COM-008084Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2011
 COM-008978Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2010
 COM-009915Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2009
 COM-010889Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2008
 COM-012015Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2007
 COM-012954Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2006
 COM-013828Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2005
 COM-014664Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2004
 COM-015824Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2003
 COM-016806Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2002
 COM-017567Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2001
 COM-018811Governmental Advisory Committee to the United States Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation2000
 COM-019707Governmental Committee to the United States Government Representative to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation1999
 COM-020459Governmental Committee to the United States Government Representative to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation1998
 COM-021631Governmental Committee to the United States Government Representative to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation1997