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HHS - 811 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Library of MedicineAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number811
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date1/18/1991Designated Fed Officer Position Title*
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*MILTON
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*CORN
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixM.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 496-6661
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-402-2586
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*cornm@mail.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended."

This committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide evaluation and peer review of Institute laboratories and staff scientists in the following areas: health sciences, computer sciences, information sciences, information technology, library science, behavioral sciences, social sciences, educational technology, communications engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, structural chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and multi-media development and utilization.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the fields of health sciences, computer sciences, information sciences, information technology, library science, behavioral sciences, social sciences, educational technology, communications engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, structural chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and multi-media development and utilization. The advisory role of the Board is indispensable because it is technically informed and scientifically knowledgeable. The Board conducts a critical review and assessment of NLM intramural research efforts and staff.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board met twice during FY 2020 on November 12, 2019 and April 23, 2020. The Board is expected to meet twice in FY2021.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is composed of recognized scientific and technical research authorities in biomedical communications who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge. Their recommendations cannot be obtained from other sources because of the complex nature of research and of research program emphasis and management which requires a specialized balance and breadth of expertise not available from the NIH staff or from other established sources.
Why close or partially close meetings?NA
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other- Scientific and Technical Peer Review.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports during this reporting period.

URL: This committee does not have a dedicated website.

Drs. Boehnke, Makova, Pollard, Slonim, Soltis and Salzberg have shortened memberships due to the merge of the National Library of Medicine's Board of Scientific Counselors in FY20. Dr. Kevin Johnson was reappointed as Chair.

Committee Decision Maker and Designated Federal Official are the same individual based on assigned duties within NLM.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of the intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. As a result, the NLM BSC evaluated program priorities and adjusted institute resources for senior investigators based on increasing constraints on program budgets. The NLM BSC also enhanced its medical informatics training program.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent disease.Grants Review CommentAlthough grant reviews are included in the duties of this Board, there were no grant reviews performed during this fiscal year.
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIt is not possible to assign a number for the recommendations made by the Board. They review the research and the scientists and make numerous suggestions and recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.govAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.govAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentContact the National Library of Medicine Committee Management Office.
Agency Feedback Comment*As part of the reports to the Board of Scientific Counselors, the Executive Secretary presents appropriate remarks regarding actions taken to implement the Board's recommendations and guidance from previous meetings.Narrative Description*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended."
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$4,600.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$9,600.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$19,421.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$19,819.00
Payments to Consultants*$400.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$800.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,017.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,071.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$33,438.00Est. Total Next FY*$39,290.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
Cost RemarksCosts are somewhat lower due to meetings held virtually in response to the COVID pandemic.
Due to the virtual meeting format, there were no Other costs (mailing or supply costs).
Est Cost RemarksDue to the virtual meeting format, no Other costs (mailing or supply costs) are anticipated. If in-person meetings resume, costs in all categories are subject to change.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Technology
Education
Education
Health
Medical Education
Medicine
Health and Health Research
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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-036657Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2019
 COM-034872Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2018
 COM-001975Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2017
 COM-002249Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2016
 COM-003755Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2015
 COM-004453Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2014
 COM-006257Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2013
 COM-006735Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2012
 COM-008289Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2011
 COM-009047Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2010
 COM-010261Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2009
 COM-010846Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2008
 COM-011886Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2007
 COM-012645Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine2006
 COM-014000Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2005
 COM-014741Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2004
 COM-015917Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2003
 COM-016556Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2002
 COM-017822Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2001
 COM-018674Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine2000
 COM-019847Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine1999
 COM-020604Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine1998
 COM-021411Board of Scientific Counselors, National Library of Medicine1997