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DOC - 73676 - NIST Blue Ribbon Commission on Management and Safety - II - Agency Authority


Committee NameNIST Blue Ribbon Commission on Management and Safety - IIAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2011Committee Number73676
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date8/22/2011Committee URL 
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date10/13/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief of Staff, NIST
Date Of Renewal Charter10/13/2012Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date8/19/2012Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kevin
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kimball
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Seretarial Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 975-2300
Effective Date Of Authority*8/11/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 948-2067
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Commission met only twice. It accomplished its purpose by reviewing background information provided by NIST in advance and by convening two one-day meetings, one at NIST Gaithersburg (MD) and one at NIST Boulder (CO). Those meetings involved presentations by NIST management and staff, focus-group discussions, and laboratory visits. The Commission the wrote and provided to NIST its final report.
How is membership balanced?*The NIST Director shall appoint the members of the Commission. The Commission will have eight members. Each member will be either a member of the previous Blue Ribbon Commission or a current member of the NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. Each of these members are qualified experts with public or private sector experience in one or more of the following areas: (a) Management and organizational structure; (b) Training and human resources operations; (c) Laboratory management and safety; (d) Hazardous materials safety; (e) Emergency medical response; (f) Environmental safety; (g) Environmental remediation; and (h) Security for hazardous materials.Each member will serve for the duration of the Commission. Members shall serve as Special Government Employees (SGEs) as such employees are defined in 18 U.S.C. 202(a).
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*This Commission met twice in October 2010. Once October 12, 2010 at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD and then again October 20, 2010 at NIST in Boulder, CO.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The second NIST Blue Ribbon Commission will assess NIST’s progress in addressing the findings of the first NIST Blue Ribbon Commission and identify additional opportunities to strengthen management and safety at NIST. In particular, the Commission will assess NIST’s progress in: Making safety a core value at NIST;Integrating safety with the conduct of operations in a meaningful way across organizational units;Benchmarking safety protocols and performance against similar organizations with strong safety cultures;Addressing a serious lack of resources for safety; andEngaging a staff that was eager, willing, and ready to embrace a safety culture.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings of this Commission are open.
Recommendation Remarks


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 SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentThe Commission was not focused on cost savings but on NIST conducting its work safely, but it is believed by many that an organization that can demonstrate that it can manage safety effectively and efficiently can manage other aspects of its operations effectively and efficiently as well.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*3Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn summary, we recommend the following actions:1. Appoint crucial Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (and Principal Deputy).2. Address the enthusiasm gap in some senior management.3. Establish an Audit mechanism.In conclusion, the commission has thought about what would be a desirable end-state for safety at NIST. We would wish that the safety culture and program at NIST would be the standard by which all scientific laboratories would measure themselves. Within five years, senior science managers should be visiting NIST to learn about safety the way that scientists now visit NIST to learn about science and engineeringAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNIST has implemented all of the recommendations. NIST has appointed a new Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, NIST senior management has committed to making safety a core value at NIST and to specific actions aligned with that commitment, and NIST has established and implemented a variety of audit mechanisms. NIST management has responded effectively to BRCI criticism. The entire NISTorganization has been revamped with clearer roles and responsibilities. Resources forsafety have been identified and applied. New talent has been attracted to a reorganizedsafety organization. Hazards analyses have been performed throughout theorganization. Major progress has been made in developing a safety culture at NIST.The Director has reorganized the various units to assist in promoting a safety imperative in all of NIST’s activities. Leadership and operations have been strengthened; safety roles and responsibilities have been clarified. A totally new safety management program has been created that emphasizes reviews, rewrites all relevant documentation, and establishes new training programs that are meaningful to the various operating units. High-quality, experienced safety professionals have been hired at both sites. Their specialties have been chosen so as to be able to provide useful safety support and partnership to the broad range of NIST’s activities. The morale within the new Office of Safety, Health, and Environment (OSHE) organization is high, including those members from the old Safety, Health, and Environment Department (SHED). Training related to safety and hazards has become a much higher priority, with hundreds of staff members voluntarily signing up for training programs. New mechanisms such as web sites and call centers have been established to make it as easy as possible for staff to access the resources and information they need to ensure safe operations. A new ticketing system tracks all requests for safety assistance. Staff can open and track their own tickets, thereby reinforcing their individual sense of safety ownership.The Director has established an Executive Safety Committee to serve as a customer- and stakeholder-focused body for discussion, development, and review of NIST-wide policies and procedures and to provide mechanisms for employee input and participation. Staff-initiated safety committees that focus on particular areas continue to be encouraged. In one Operating Unit, a safety committee of experts from outside NIST has been asked to meet with staff to discuss safety culture issues and to provide feedback to the Lab Director. This director has found the results to be very useful and encouraging.In summary, the development of a genuine safety culture at NIST is clearly under way. However, that Institute-wide goal has not yet been reached, and much steady effort over the months and years ahead will be requiredAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment.
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*The Commission supports NIST’s efforts to provide everyone who works for, works at, and visits NIST with a safe and healthful working environment and to strengthen NIST leadership and management overall through clearer roles, responsibilities, authorities, and accountabilities
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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*$736.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$13,253.00Est 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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$13,989.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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