CHARTER OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

CHARTER

U.S. AIR FORCE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

 

 

 

      1. Committee’s Official Designation: The committee shall be known as the U.S. Air Force Scientific

            Advisory Board (hereafter referred to as "the Board").

      2.  Authority:  The Secretary of Defense, under the provisions of the Federal Advisory

Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended) and 41 CFR §

102-3.50(d) (agency authority), established the Board.

 

3.  Objectives and Scope of Activities: The Board shall provide independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Air Force scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition, logistics, and business management functions, and other Department of the Air Force related matters as determined by the Secretary of the

Air Force.

 

4.  Description of Duties: The Board shall provide independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force, to include the Secretary of the Air Force’s senior leadership, as determined by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and shall:

 

a.  Conduct studies on topics deemed critical by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

b.  Recommend application of technology to improve U.S. Air Force capabilities.

c.  Provide an independent review of the quality and relevance of the U.S. Air Force science and technology program.

 

The Board is not established to advise on individual DoD or Department of the Air Force procurements, but instead shall be concerned with pressing and complex technology and business management issues facing the Department of the Air Force in the areas referenced in paragraph 3 above.

 

No matter shall be assigned to the Board for its consideration that would require any Board member to participate personally and substantially in the conduct of any specific procurement or place him or her in the position of acting as a contracting or procurement official.

 

5.  Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports: The Board shall report to the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Air Force. The Secretary of the Air Force, pursuant to DoD policy, may act upon the Board’s advice.

 

6.  Support: The Department of Defense, through the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, shall provide support as they deem necessary for the Board’s performance, and shall ensure compliance with the requirement of the FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. § 552b) (hereafter referred to as the


Government in the Sunshine Act”), governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.

 

7.  Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years:  The estimated annual operating costs, to include travel and meeting and contract support, are approximately

$2,000,000 and 8.0 full-time equivalents.

 

8.  Designated Federal Officer: The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to DoD policy, shall be a full-time or permanent part-time DoD employee, and shall be appointed in accordance with governing DoD policies and procedures.

 

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, a properly

approved Alternate Designated Federal Officer shall attend the entire duration of the

Board or subcommittee meeting.

 

The Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal Officer, shall call all of the Board’s and subcommittees’ meetings; prepare and approve all meeting agendas; adjourn any meeting when the Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal Officer, determines adjournment to be in the public interest or required by governing regulations or DoD policies/procedures; and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the Board reports.

 

9.  Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings: The Board shall meet at the call of the Board’s Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the Board’s Chairperson, and the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. The estimated number of Board meetings is four per year.

 

10. Duration: The need for this advisory function is on a continuing basis; however, it is subject to renewal every two years.

 

11. Termination: The Board shall terminate upon completion of its mission or two years from the date this charter is filed, whichever is sooner, unless extended by the Secretary of Defense.

 

12. Membership and Designation: The Board shall be comprised of no more than 60 members to include no more than 5 Senior Fellows; all members are distinguished members of the science and technology communities; Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, National Laboratories, industry, and academia (universities and colleges).  Senior Fellows shall be voting members and count toward the Board’s total membership.

 

Board members who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal 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.

Board members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense and their appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis.

 

The Secretary of the Air Force shall select the Board’s Chairperson. In addition, the Secretary of the Air Force may appoint, as deemed necessary, non-voting consultants to provide technical subject matter expertise to the Board. These consultants, if not full-time or part-time Federal employees, shall be appointed under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109, shall serve as special government employees, and shall be appointed on an intermittent basis to work specific Board-related efforts; such individuals shall have no voting rights and shall not count toward the Board’s total membership.

 

Board members and consultants, with the exception of travel and per diem for official travel, shall serve without compensation.  However, the Secretary of the Air Force,

at his or her discretion, may authorize compensation to Board members and consultants according to existing statutes, Federal regulations, and DoD policies.

 

The Secretary of Defense may approve Board members for one to four-year terms of service, with annual renewals; 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.

 

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.

 

13. Subcommittees: The Department, when necessary, and consistent with the Board’s mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish subcommittees 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 Board’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 DoD 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 one-to-four years, with annual renewals; 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 serve as special government employee members. 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, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.

 

14. Recordkeeping: The records of the Board and its subcommittees shall be handled according to section 2, General Record Schedule 26, and appropriate DoD policies and procedures. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (5 U.S.C. § 552).

 

       15. Filing Date:  May 16, 2016