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U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology

Charter of the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee

1. Committee's Official Designation (Title). National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee.

2. Authority. In accordance with the requirements of Section 11 of the National Construction Safety Team Act (P. L. 107-231), hereinafter referred to as the Act, the Secretary of Commerce hereby recharters the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App.

3. Objectives and Scope of Activities.

The Committee will act in the public interest to:

a. Advise the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on carrying out the Act by:

  • Providing advice on the functions of National Construction Safety Teams, hereinafter referred to as Teams, as described in section 2(b)(2) of the Act.
  • Providing advice on the composition of Teams under section 3 of the Act.
  • Providing advice on the exercise of authorities enumerated in sections 4 and 5 of the Act.
  • Providing such other advice as necessary to enable the Director of NIST to carry out the Act.

b. Review and provide advice on the procedures developed under section 2(c)(1) of the Act.

c. Review the reports issued under section 8 of the Act.

d. Function solely as an advisory body, in accordance with the provisions of FACA.

4. Description of Duties. The Committee shall advise the Director of NIST on carrying out the Act and review the procedures developed for conducting investigations and the reports issued documenting investigations. On January 1 of each year, the Committee shall transmit to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes: (1) an evaluation of Team activities, along with recommendations to improve the operation and effectiveness of Teams and (2) an assessment of the implementation of the recommendations of Teams and of the advisory committee.

5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports. The Committee shall report to the Director of NIST.

6. Support. The Engineering Laboratory (EL) within NIST shall provide staff support for the Committee.

7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years. The annual cost of operating the Committee is estimated at $50,000, which includes 0.3 work years of staff support. Members of the Committee shall not be compensated for their services but may, upon request, be allowed travel and per diem expenses in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 5703.

8. Designated Federal Officer. The Designated Federal Officer (DFO) will be the Director of the EL. The EL Deputy Director is the alternate DFO. The DFO (or his or her designee) will approve or call all Committee meetings, prepare and approve all meeting agendas, attend all Committee meetings, adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest, and chair meetings when directed to do so by the Director of NIST.

9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings. The Committee shall meet face-to-face at least once per year. Additional meetings may be called whenever requested by the NIST Director or the Chair; such meetings may be in the form of telephone conference calls and/or videoconferences. The Committee shall not act in the absence of a quorum, which shall consist of a simple majority of the members of the Committee not having a conflict of interest in the matter being considered by the Committee, except that, if the number of members on the Committee is even, half will suffice.

10. Membership and Designation. The Committee shall consist of not fewer than 5 nor more than 10 members. The term of office of each member of the Committee shall be three years, except that vacancy appointments shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term of the vacancy and that members shall have staggered terms such that the Committee will have approximately one-third new or reappointed members each year. Members who are not able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Committee will have their membership terminated.

Members shall reflect the wide diversity of technical disciplines and competencies involved in the National Construction Safety Teams investigations. Members will be drawn from industry and other communities having an interest in the National Construction Safety Teams investigations, such as, but not limited to, universities, state and local government bodies, non-profit research institutions, and other Federal agencies and laboratories.

The Director of NIST shall appoint the members of the Committee. Members shall be selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance. Members shall be selected on the basis of established records of distinguished service in their professional community and their knowledge of issues affecting the National Construction Safety Teams. Members shall serve as Special Government Employees (SGEs) and will be subject to the ethics standards applicable to SGEs.

Any person who has completed two consecutive full terms of service on the Committee shall be ineligible for appointment for a third term during the one year period following the expiration of the second term.

The Director of NIST shall appoint the Chair from among the members of the Committee. The Chair's tenure shall be at the discretion of the Director of NIST.

11. Subcommittees. NIST may establish subcommittees from among the members as may be necessary,subject to the provisions of FACA, and its implementing regulations, and applicable Department of Commerce guidance. Any subcommittees established must report back to the parent committee, and must not provide advice and work products directly to NIST.

12. Recordkeeping. The records of the Committee, formally and informally established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the Committee, shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 26, Item 2 or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552. The DFO will oversee recordkeeping and appropriate filings.

13. Duration/Termination. This charter shall terminate two years from the date of its filing with the appropriate U.S. Senate and House of Representatives oversight committees unless terminated earlier or renewed by proper authority.

This charter was signed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration on October 6, 2014. [see signed copy, scanned PDF]