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USDA - 1303 - National Organic Standards Board - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Organic Standards BoardAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1303
Original Establishment Date11/28/1990Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBHome
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date6/30/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Advisory Committee Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter6/30/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michelle
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority7 U.S.C. 6501-6522Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Arsenault
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7 U.S.C. 6501-6522 Organic Food Production ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 720-0081
Effective Date Of Authority*11/28/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 205-7808
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*michelle.arsenault@ams.usda.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The NOSB was created through the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518 (a)) of the OFPA establishes that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) shall assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and advise the Secretary on any other aspects of the implementation of OFPA. Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518 (a-o)) also delineates the Board’s responsibilities that include, but are not limited to (1) developing the proposed National List or proposed amendments to the National List for submission to the Secretary and (2) convening technical advisory panels to provide scientific evaluation of materials for inclusion on the National List. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to provide recommendations to the Secretary on implementing the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), which authorizes a national organic program for the production and handling of organically produced foods. NOSB also assists in the development of standards, review of substances to be used in organic production, and advises the Secretary on any other aspects of program implementation. (OFPA 6518(a)). In addition to recommending standards for the production, handling, and labeling of organically produced agricultural products, the NOSB assists in establishing and implementing a program for certifying products as organically produced, through the use of USDA accredited organic certifying agents.
How is membership balanced?*As called for in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), the NOSB is composed of 15 members: four individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation; two individuals who own or operate an organic handling operation; one individual who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products; three individuals with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation; three individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups; one individual with expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; and one individual who is a certifying agent. Committee members serve 5-year terms.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NOSB meets twice each Fiscal Year. During the meetings, the Board approves meeting minutes, reviews Subcommittee reports; discusses and votes on proposals and materials, works on issues related to peer review panels, elects new officers, appoints Subcommittee chairpersons, and plans future activities of the Board. In addition, the Board takes public comments from interested persons regarding proposals and discussion documents.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The NOSB's continuing role is required by OFPA.
Why close or partially close meetings?All NOSB meetings are open to the public
Recommendation RemarksThe NOSB’s six subcommittees are: Crops; Livestock; Handling; Materials/GMOs; Policy Development; and Compliance, Accreditation and Certification. Subcommittees meet between public meetings to develop proposals for the full NOSB’s consideration. Prior to 2012 it was not required to list the Subcommittee meetings as part of the parent committee. Beginning in 2012, as per a recommendation from the NOSB, the notes from the Subcommittee conference calls have been posted online at the following address:

http://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/nosb/subcommittees

The Subcommittee proposals are published in the following location, and NOP solicits public comments on the NOSB’s behalf.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/nosb/meetings
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 RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*663Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAs of April 2019, the NOSB has made a total of 642 recommendations to the USDA: 200 on organic practice standards, 303 National list materials, and 139 sunset reviews.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*89.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentA large percentage of the NOSB's recommendations have been fully implemented by NOP, as many of them are for Sunset Materials on the National List, and Petitions. According to the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual, these materials take priority and must be considered by the Board and the NOP. Additionally, the NOSB has sole authority over the National List of Approved and Prohibited substances and therefore is responsible for making sure the recommendations for materials entering sunset are reviewed every 5 years, implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*6.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentStandards, guidance, and various materials' recommended by the NOSB sometimes require additional review and refinement by the NOP and often times are lengthy, longer-term projects, and therefore a small percentage have been only partially implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentOrganic Insider Newsletter
Agency Feedback Comment*The Agency provides feedback in the form of new regulations, a post-recommendation response letter to the NOSB, and guidance to certifying agents and certified operations.Narrative Description*The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) assists in the development of the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, and maintains sole jurisdiction over the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The NOSB: Reviews substances to be used in organic production, including a sunset review every 5 years of substances currently on the National List; Makes recommendations and provides advice to the Secretary on various aspects of implementing the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the NOP.
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COSTS

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*$108,158.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$11,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$23,757.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$25,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,789.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$2,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$17,628.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$18,000.00
Total Costs$151,332.00Est. Total Next FY*$56,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Cost RemarksCosts significantly lower than projected because the Spring 2020 meeting was held virtually rather than in person due to travel restrictions.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Agriculture
Agriculture
Animals
Veterinary Medicine
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Materials Research
Microbiology
Business
Industry
Civil Rights
Equal Opportunity
Minorities
Women
Energy
Natural Resources
Environment
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Food and Drugs
Food and Drugs
Land
Conservation and Preservation
Grazing Areas
Land Management and Use
Legislation
Regulations
Rulemaking
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031653Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification2020
 COM-032351Crops2020
 COM-031659Handling2020
 COM-032358Livestock2020
 COM-032054Materials2020
 COM-031682N/A Incorrect entry2020
 COM-032265Policy Development2020
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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-036129National Organic Standards Board2019
 COM-033455National Organic Standards Board2018
 COM-001197National Organic Standards Board2017
 COM-003121National Organic Standards Board2016
 COM-003964National Organic Standards Board2015
 COM-005234National Organic Standards Board2014
 COM-006374National Organic Standards Board2013
 COM-006708National Organic Standards Board2012
 COM-007576National Organic Standards Board2011
 COM-008867National Organic Standards Board2010
 COM-010221National Organic Standards Board2009
 COM-010612National Organic Standards Board2008
 COM-012381National Organic Standards Board2007
 COM-012446National Organic Standards Board2006
 COM-014235National Organic Standards Board2005
 COM-014261National Organic Standards Board2004
 COM-016036National Organic Standards Board2003
 COM-016358National Organic Standards Board2002
 COM-018102National Organic Standards Board2001
 COM-018191National Organic Standards Board2000
 COM-019940National Organic Standards Board1999
 COM-020277National Organic Standards Board1998
 COM-021987National Organic Standards Board1997