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DOI - 80473 - Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameGateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number80473
Original Establishment Date8/28/2012Committee StatusPending
Actual Termination Date5/30/2020Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date5/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintentent, Gateway National Recreation Area
Date Of Renewal Charter5/30/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameT.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Nersesian
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 3 of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-2(c))Designated Federal Officer Phone*(718) 354-4661
Effective Date Of Authority*8/18/1970Designated Federal Officer Fax*(718) 354-4764
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was established to provide advice on the development of a specific reuse plan for historic buildings within the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark, located entirely within the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Members share their experience and offer recommendations as the park begins to create a mixed community of residents, lodging, services and not-for-profit organizations within the Fort's historic buildings.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of members who represent a range of interests concerned with the management of Gateway National Recreation Area's Fort Hancock. They include: elected local officials, real estate experts, representatives of the education, hospitality, environmental, finance and arts communities, among others.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets, according to its charter, four to six times a year. The Committee met two times in FY 2020.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Over the years, the NPS has tried numerous ways to develop a long term preservation solution for Fort Hancock. This time, the NPS wants to make sure that the local community and its concerns help the park design a viable, vigorous future for this promising, but deteriorating, local resource.The Committee provides a conduit between park staff and experts in several fields in the public arena. Its open meetings give concerned citizens a voice in the decision-making process in a manner consistent with FACA. Not only has the Committee helped the park develop a pilot program for leasing buildings, which will began in the fall of 2014, but also helped the park move ahead to the next phase of the leasing program. The Committee will comply with all NPS regulations, polices and directives; adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for historic preservation; and be subject to the requirements set forward by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open and will remain so. Open meetings have helped explain and ease concerns about the uses of the park by for-profit entities.
Recommendation RemarksThe Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) continues to advise the park regarding the adaptive reuse of historic Army buildings at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit. In FY 2020 the Committee made 8 recommendations.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Pilot Program to lease buildings selected two applicants for long term leases; negotiations are continuing with those applicants. One successful lease was achieved from this pilot program. A new rolling RFP was issued for all unused buildings on Officers Row (Buildings 2-17 & 21) and will continue until the park withdraws it. The park will add a few buildings to the current RFP and will in FY16 issue a commercial RFP for other buildings. The park is pursuing funding outside of the park's annual budget to rehabilitate Building 7 as a model structure, as was recommended by the committee.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentDevelopment of specific reuse strategies for approximately 30 historic buildings within Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit. These deteriorating buildings can be rehabilitated to provide a new century of service to the nation and the local community.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAdaptive reuse of the selected buildings at Fort Hancock should save the Federal Government an undetermined amount by offsetting the costs associated with rehabilitation or dismantling historic buildings. This will also save the government money from mothballing deteriorating buildings which threaten visitor safety as they become increasingly unstable.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*35Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFY 2020 Eight recommendations:

1. Co-Chair Shawn Welch will resend draft conflict of interest policy to committee members. Ethics Officer will respond to questions asked by the committee during her presentation. Committee will determine whether or not to adopt the current conflict of interest draft as policy at next meeting.

2. Tony Mercantante and Jen Nersesian will assist lease-holder Barney Sheridan with Monmouth County permitting process and the National Flood Insurance Program.

3. Co-Chair Shawn Welch will e-mail the cultural landscape report and the 2002 signage plan for committee member review prior to the next meeting. Recommendation about signage will be made at the next meeting.

4. NPS will issue press release about Stillman proposal.

5. The Committee recommends Gateway staff use its discretion to put properties back on the market when an LOI holder is not demonstrating meaningful progress or negotiations have reached an impasse.

6. Further recommends Gateway staff articulate clear and consistent policy notification and documentation for cancellation of LOIs.
This policy should address:
o Clear deadlines
o Interim milestones
o Schedules
o Notifications, and
o Opportunities for mutual extension.

7. Gateway Staff should issue a press release whenever an LOI has ended and property has been put back on the market.

8. Gateway should pay immediate attention to those properties that are either due to expire or will expire in the next month

Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentCo-chair Shawn Welch has resent draft conflict of interest policy and historic landscape report. Jen Nersesian and Tony Mercantante assisted lessee Barney Sheridan with his flood insurance. Press release was sent out about Stillman proposal. The park has agreed to send out press releases when any Letter of Intent has ended and any property is back on the market.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentGateway is working with the lessees about signage. There has not been a chance to discuss this with committee due to the pandemic and the fact the committee charter was not renewed.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThis Committee's primary method of disseminating information to the public is through its own website, (The website address changed in FY 16.) The park issues press releases concerning upcoming meetings and other committee-related news and information. We accept queries through email and hold in-person public meetings, which include regularly scheduled public comment periods.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Agency provides feedback during Committee meetings. NPS staff are present during the meeting to answer questions and provide comments to ensure the Committee produces recommendations in accordance with federal laws and regulations.Narrative Description*The Committee will aid the National Park Service and Gateway National Recreation Area in developing a plan for the rehabilitation and preservation, through adaptive reuse, of historic structures within the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark. These impressive buildings will will be home to a new, mixed use community combining residences, visitor services, lodging, offices and not-for-profit organizations.
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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*$130,023.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$250,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$13,469.68Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$40,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$1,562.41Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$2,000.00
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*$724.80Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$1,000.00
Other Costs$400.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$146,179.89Est. Total Next FY*$294,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.20
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Land Management and Use
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035347Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033227Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001498Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002899Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003663Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004858Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005768Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007155Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee2012