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DOE - 9554 - Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameWorker Advocacy Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2003Committee Number9554
Original Establishment Date9/26/2000Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date1/2/2003Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Apprx 15
Current Charter Date1/2/2001Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Administrator
Date Of Renewal Charter1/2/2003Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date1/2/2003Designated Federal Officer First Name*Judith
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityAgency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Keating
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*202-586-7551
Effective Date Of Authority*9/26/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-586-6010
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee (WAAC) accomplishes its purpose in accordance with the guidelines in the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the General Services Administration's regulation on the operation of Federal Advisory Committees, and on DOE M 510.1-1, the Advisory Committee Management Program. The WAAC holds public meetings and follows an agenda focused on its charter, the operation of the Office of Worker Advocacy (OWA). The Committee regularly receives testimony in the form of status reports from the Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Worker Advocacy, as well as from representatives from the Departments of Labor; Health & Human Services; and Justice, all of whom administer various provisions of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA). Each Committee meeting includes a Public Comment period, during which members of the public express their views on the implementation of the EEOICPA. In the course of its meetings, the Committee has provided advice and guidance to DOE on the operation of its EEOICPA program and has made a number of specific recommendations through letters to the Secretary of Energy and to the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health. The recommendations in these letters have been the subject of much discussion during Committee meetings over the past year, and OWA has implemented many of those recommendations.
How is membership balanced?*The Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee membership is balanced in accordance with statutory and regulatory criteria, including consideration of geographic regions of the country, minority groups, and public and private institutions, as well as the public at large. The committee members represent State workers' compensation agencies, labor unions, workers, communities, and medical and law professionals.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee met once during FY 2003 (on October 21, 2002, in Washington, DC). The Committee meetings have been very relevant to the Committee's charter and the operation of the Office of Worker Advocacy.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*At the time the WAAC was chartered, the Office of Worker Advocacy (OWA) was a newly established entity within the Department of Energy (DOE). There was no other office like it at DOE, and while the staff members of OWA understood the issues associated with this program, most of them did not have experience in running a complex compensation benefits program. DOE was required by statute to have the program up and running within less than nine months from the date the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act was signed. The Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee members bring to the Department a wealth of knowledge about State workers' compensation law and programs, as well as the various occupational illnesses that are the focus of this program. Their advice and assistance have been invaluable in the establishment of this important program.OWA has determined that, with the physician panels now in operation, our needs for advice are changing, and that we can obtain additional advice and information from other sources. We are working with the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine and other professional organizations, to determine the best ways to manage our physician panels and facilitate the disposition of requests for assistance in filing for State Workers' Compensation benefits.
Why close or partially close meetings?None of the Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee meetings have been closed.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants 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*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*NA
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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*$15,729.00Est 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$12,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$27,729.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016970Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017495Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee2001