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DOI - 84598 - Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameTheodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number84598
Original Establishment Date6/1/2020Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date6/1/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Biologist
Date Of Renewal Charter6/1/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date12/31/2023Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stephanie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 116-9Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Rickabaugh
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 116-9Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 358-2214
Effective Date Of Authority*3/12/2019Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council advises the Secretary, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director on the implementation of the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize. The prize competition encourages technological innovation with the potential to advance the mission of the Service. To do so, the legislation also established five boards to focus on the areas of concern, which are the prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking, the promotion of wildlife conservation, the management of invasive species, the protection of endangered species, and the nonlethal management of human-wildlife conflicts.

The boards will perform operational duties, such as issuing problem statements and advising winners on opportunities to pilot and implement winning technologies. They will also discuss and make recommendations to the full Council about opportunities for technology innovation. The full Council will deliberate and vote on these recommendations and advise the Secretary, as appropriate.
How is membership balanced?*As much as is practical, members will be selected to represent a broad geographical area of the United States.
Council membership, balance, and individual perspective and expertise are in large part dictated by the Council charter itself and the establishing legislation. To ensure balance, appointees will be selected from among, but not limited to, individuals with the following expertise:

(a) Wildlife trafficking and trade;
(b) Invasive species;
(c) Endangered species;
(d) Nonlethal wildlife management;
(e) Social aspects of human-wildlife conflict management;
(f) Wildlife conservation and management;
(g) Biology;
(h) Technology development;
(i) Engineering;
(j) Economics;
(k) Business development and management; and
(l) Any other discipline that the Secretary determines to be necessary to achieve the purposes of the Council.
There must be at least twelve members on the Council, and there should be no more than 18. Each board must have at least 9 members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council will meet approximately twice a year with Boards meeting as necessary.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is established under the John D. Dingell, Jr., Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, March 12, 2019 (Public Law 116-9); and the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3719), both of which require the advice be obtained from members on the Council.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksInitial membership is pending. No meetings occurred in FY2020.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Council will advise the Secretary, through the Director of the Service, on the implementation of the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prizes. The prize competitions encourage technological innovation with the potential to advance the mission of the Department of the Interior and the Service.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Grants Review CommentPrizes, per legislation, are authorized up to $100,000 for each of the five competitions.
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentInitial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.
Agency Feedback Comment*Initial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.Narrative Description*Initial Council membership is pending; Council has not met yet.
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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*$4,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$112,638.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$429,149.00
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*$27,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$4,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$9,100.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$503.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,006.00
Total Costs$113,141.00Est. Total Next FY*$474,255.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.74Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.75
Cost RemarksThe costs recorded are just for administration of the Council. The $500,000 for the five prize purses and a $25,000 administration fee were provided to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through a cooperative agreement to advise the Secretary on the judges and award the competitions.Est Cost RemarksThe FTE and Federal staff costs are estimated to be higher in FY 2021 than what is estimated in the charter due to a delayed startup, the need to ramp up quickly, and the need to conduct one, and potentially begin a second, set of competitions. Costs are only for administration of the Council.
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Basic Science
Computer Technology
Conservation and Preservation
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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