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DOE - 73634 - National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling - Presidential


Committee NameNational Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore DrillingAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2011Committee Number73634
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/11/2011Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date6/15/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date3/11/2011Designated Federal Officer First Name*Christopher
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityEO 13543Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Smith
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*EO 13543Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 586-5600
Effective Date Of Authority*5/21/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-586-6221
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee will be examining the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developing options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This may include recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices.
How is membership balanced?*The committe members have expertise in enviromental issues, engineering, and offshore energy development. In addition, several were involved in dealing with aspects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Members have experience in the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal governemnt as well as business, non-profit organizations and academia.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee is required to meet not less than once a month. The meetings will be a major source of information about the impact of the oil spill and potential ways to mitigate the impact of future offshore drilling.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is required by Presidential Order, EO-13543. The Committee recommendations are considered important to the nation's ability to produce offshore oil and natural gas safely with minimal environmental impact.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Commission terminated due to their Executive Order and they completed their report.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction 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 SatisfactionNoAction CommentA number of Federal agencies were named in the Commission's recommendations
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee is expected to make recommendations regarding improved processes and regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling. These are not expected to result in any cost savings.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*34Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe commission developed 34 recommendations covering various topics related to offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities on Federal lands. Federal agencies named in these recommendations are: U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Coast Guard., U.S. Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, White House Center for Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Energy, Trustees for Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Dispute Resolution, U.S. Department of the Interior – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Geological Survey, National Academy of Sciences,National Academy of Engineering, National Science Foundation, White House National Ocean CouncilAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess Commentno comment
Agency Feedback Comment*The committee terminated shortly after submitting its report with recommendations to the President.Narrative Description*The committee supports the Office of the President of the United States mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States by assessing how domestic offshore oil and natural gas drilling can be made safer and less environmentally impacting, while providing needed energy for the US.
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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*$2,709,049.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$1,575,409.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$34,275.00Est 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*$121,425.00Est. 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$742,293.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$5,182,451.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*21.83Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-009255National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling2010