[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 49 (Wednesday, March 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15934-15935]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05728]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Renewal of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees

AGENCY: DoD.

ACTION: Renewal of Board on Coastal Engineering Research.

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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 Board on Coastal Engineering Research (``the Board'').

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board shall provide the Coastal 
Engineering Research Center, through the Chief of Engineers/Commander 
(``the Chief of Engineers''), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (``the Corps 
of Engineers''), independent advice and recommendations on reports of 
investigations made concerning shore erosion on coastal and lake waters 
and the protection of such shores.
    The Board shall report to the Secretary of the Army, through the 
Chief of Engineers/Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Chief 
of Engineers/Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, may act upon the 
Board's advice and recommendations. The Board, pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 
426-2, shall be composed of not more than seven members.

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    DoD, pursuant to the authorizing legislation, shall appoint four 
officers of the Corps of Engineers to the Board as ex officio 
appointments, with one position being occupied by the Deputy Commanding 
General for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. The Chief of Engineers, in consultation with the Assistant 
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), shall determine which three of the 
eight coastal division commanders shall be nominated as the other ex 
officio members of the Board. The Chief of Engineers, in determining 
which of the coastal division commanders shall serve on the Board, 
shall consider the individual's tenure as a division commander and his 
or her expertise in the matters before the Board.
    The three civilian Board members shall be civilian engineers 
recommended by the Chief of Engineers for their expertise in the field 
of beach erosion and shore protection. The Deputy Commanding General 
for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, shall 
serve as the President of the Board.
    Board members, who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal 
officers or employees, shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense 
to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 
3109, and shall serve as special government employee (SGE) members. 
Civilian Board members may be appointed by the Secretary of Defense or 
Deputy Secretary of Defense for a two-year term of service, with annual 
renewals; however, no civilian member, unless authorized by the 
Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of 
service.
    Pursuant to section 105 of Public Law 91-611, Board members who are 
not full-time or permanent part-time Federal officers or employees, may 
be paid at rates not to exceed the daily equivalent of the rate for a 
GS-15, step 10, for each day of attendance at Board meetings, not to 
exceed 30 days per year, in addition to travel and other necessary 
expenses connected with their official duties on the Board, in 
accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 5703(b), (d), and 5707. All 
other Board members shall receive compensation for travel and per diem 
for official travel.
    DoD, when necessary and consistent with the Board's mission and DoD 
policies and procedures, may establish subcommittees, task forces, or 
working groups to support the Board. Establishment of subcommittees 
will be based on a written determination, to include terms of 
reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of 
Defense, or the Secretary of the Army, as the DoD Sponsor.
    Such subcommittees shall not work independently of the Board and 
shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the 
Board for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees, task forces, 
or working groups have no authority to make decisions and 
recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the Board. No 
subcommittee or any of its members can update or report, verbally or in 
writing, on behalf of the Board, directly to DoD or any Federal officer 
or employee.
    Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time Government 
employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under 
the authority 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as SGE members. The 
Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense may approve the 
appointment of subcommittee members for a two-year term of service with 
annual renewals; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary 
of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. With 
the exception of travel and per diem for official travel related to the 
Board or its subcommittees, subcommittee members shall serve without 
compensation.
    Each subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice to 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.
    All subcommittees, task forces, or working groups shall operate 
under the provisions of FACA, the Sunshine Act, other governing Federal 
statutes and regulations, and established DoD policies and procedures.
    The Board shall meet at the call of the Board's Designated Federal 
Officer (DFO), in consultation with the Chairperson. The estimated 
number of Board meetings is no less than two per year.
    In addition, the DFO 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 DFO, the Alternate DFO 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 the 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 Board.
    All written statements shall be submitted to the DFO, and this 
individual will ensure that the written statements are provided to the 
membership for their consideration. Contact information for the Board's 
DFO can be obtained from the GSA's FACA Database--https://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.
    The DFO, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150, will announce planned 
meetings of the Board. The DFO, 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: March 8, 2013.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2013-05728 Filed 3-12-13; 8:45 am]
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