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USDA - 31918 - Federal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 - Agency Authority


Committee NameFederal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number31918
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date10/1/2008Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date3/8/2007Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Ecologist
Date Of Renewal Charter3/8/2009Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date5/27/2009Designated Federal Officer First Name*Margaret
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityCharterDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Walsh
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 720-9978
Effective Date Of Authority*3/8/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-401-1176
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?*CERSAP provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on the conduct of the study titled The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity, being conducted as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. CERSAP provides advice on the specific issues to be addressed, appropriate technical approaches, the nature of information relevant to decision makers, the content of the final report, compliance with the Information Quality Act, and other matters important to the successful achievement of the study objectives. CERSAP generates a list of comments and suggestions to increase the merit of SAP 4.3. After SAP 4.3’s authors have responded to those comments, CERSAP will review those responses to ensure that their review comments have been adequately considered and addressed. The duties of the CERSAP are solely advisory in nature.
How is membership balanced?*As required by the OMB’s Information Quality Act Guidelines and the USDA's Peer Review Implementation Guidelines, the selection of CERSAP members was based upon their demonstrated expertise in the ecosystems and ecosystem services related to agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity, which comprise SAP 4.3. Advertising for membership was conducted widely, inculding an announcement in the Federal Register and through USDA and report websites. All applicants to the CERSAP were appointed.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 1 Estimated Total Meetings - 2
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Through the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), chaired by the U.S. Department of Commerce, twenty-one national peer-reviewed Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) will be completed to assess global climate change, as required within the 1990 Global Change Research Act (GCRA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the lead Government agency for a SAP entitled The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity, with the USDA Global Change Program Office coordinating the assessment. The GCRA requires that an assessment of the impacts of climate change be conducted every four years. Each SAP is designated under OMB’s Information Quality Act Guidelines as a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment. Among the requirements for the production of this report is that it undergo review by an independent body of subject area experts. The report review constitutes de facto advice to the Department because the reviewers will make a recommendation to the Government regarding the report’s acceptance. As such, it was necessary to form this expert review panel through a committee formed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksBy charter, the Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (CERSAP) expired upon final publication of the report. The report was published on May 27, 2008. Therefore, the CERSAP expired at that time. No renewal will be sought.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction 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 CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentCommittee made comments on individual aspects of SAP 4-3 to the report's authors. Those comments numbered in the hundreds. They advised regarding the disposition of the end report.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll comments generated by CERSAP were considered by SAP 4.3's author team. Those identified as improvements to the report that were implemented. An explanation was given as to non-implementation when it was not possible to do so, and was approved by the CERSAP.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAll comments generated by CERSAP were considered by SAP 4.3's author team. Improvements to the report were incorporated. Explanation was given in all other cases, with CERSAP approval.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentDFO Contact Info is given in all Federal Register notices and on all applicable websites.Agency Website: Website: of SAP 4.3 is anticipated both online and in print following CCSP and NSTC clearance processes.
Agency Feedback Comment*The committee received a full listing of their comments and all detailed reponses made to the report.Narrative Description*CERSAP was established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to support the USDA in its participation in the interagency U.S. Climate Change Science Program, specifically in implementation of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3), The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity. The Secretary of Agriculture determined that CERSAP is in the public interest and will support USDA in performing its duties and responsibilities.
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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*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est 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$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-010859Federal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.32008
 COM-012109Federal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.32007