[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 88 (Monday, May 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26748-26749]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10938]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Renewal of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees

AGENCY: DoD.

ACTION: Renewal of Federal Advisory Committee.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 2166(e), the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in 
the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the 
Department of Defense gives notice that it is renewing the charter for 
the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (hereafter referred 
to as ``the Board'').
    The Board shall provide independent advice and recommendations on 
matters relating to environmental issues facing the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers.
    The Board shall report to the Secretary of Defense, through the 
Secretary of the Army, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil 
Works), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    The Board shall be composed of not more than ten members who are 
eminent authorities in the field of natural (e.g. biological, 
ecological), social (e.g. anthropologist, community planner), and 
related sciences.
    All Board members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense 
and all member appointments require annual renewal by the Secretary of 
Defense. The Secretary of Defense may approve the appointments of Board 
members for three year terms of service; however, no member, unless 
authorized by the Secretary of Defense may serve more than two 
consecutive terms of service. This same term of service limitation also 
applies to any DoD authorized subcommittees.
    The Board Membership shall select the Board's Chairperson from the 
total membership. Board Members appointed by the Secretary of Defense, 
who are not full-time Federal officers or employees, shall be appointed 
under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and serve as special government 
employees. Board Members shall, with the exception of travel and per 
diem for official travel, serve without compensation.

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    Each Board member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the 
government on the basis of his or her best judgment without 
representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free 
from conflict of interest.
    The Department, when necessary, and consistent with the Board's 
mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish subcommittees 
deemed necessary to support the Board. Establishment of subcommittees 
will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of 
reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of 
Defense, or the advisory committee's sponsor.
    Such subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered 
Board, and shall report all their recommendations and advice to the 
Board for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no 
authority to make decisions on behalf of the chartered Board; nor can 
any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the 
Department of Defense or any Federal officers or employees.
    All subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as 
the Board members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint 
subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a Board 
member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of 
Defense, may serve a term of service on the subcommittee of three 
years; however, no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms 
of service on the subcommittee.
    Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government 
employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as special government 
employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of 
Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem 
for official Board related travel, subcommittee members shall serve 
without compensation.
    All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the 
Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), governing 
Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/
procedures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Freeman, Deputy Advisory Committee 
Management Officer for the Department of Defense, 703-692-5952.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board shall meet at the call of the 
Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the Board's 
Chairperson. The estimated number of Board meetings is two per year.
    In addition, the Designated Federal Officer is required to be in 
attendance at all Board and subcommittee meetings for the entire 
duration of each and every meeting; however, in the absence of the 
Designated Federal Officer, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer 
shall attend the entire duration of the Board or subcommittee meeting.
    Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the public or 
interested organizations may submit written statements to Chief of 
Engineers Environmental Advisory Board membership about the Board's 
mission and functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time 
or in response to the stated agenda of planned meeting of the Chief of 
Engineers Environmental Advisory Board.
    All written statements shall be submitted to the Designated Federal 
Officer for the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board, and 
this individual will ensure that the written statements are provided to 
the membership for their consideration. Contact information for the 
Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board Designated Federal 
Officer can be obtained from the GSA's FACA Database--https://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.
    The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150, will 
announce planned meetings of the Chief of Engineers Environmental 
Advisory Board. The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may 
provide additional guidance on the submission of written statements 
that are in response to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in 
question.

    Dated: May 2, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2012-10938 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]
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