National Dam Safety Review Board Law and Legal Definition

The National Dam Safety Review Board is a Board established by the Director [Administrator] of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to watch the safety of dams in the U.S. The Board also monitors if states are implementing the National Dam Safety program.

Additionally, the Board provides the Director of FEMA with advice in setting national dam safety priorities and considers the effects of national policy issues affecting dam safety.

Review Board members include FEMA, the Chair of the Board, representatives from four federal agencies that serve on the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS), five state dam safety officials, and one member from the private sector.

The following is an example of a federal statute on the National Dam Safety Review Board:

33 USCS § 467f(f) Board.

(1) Establishment. The Director shall establish an advisory board to be known as the "National Dam Safety Review Board" to monitor the safety of dams in the United States, to monitor State implementation of this section, and to advise the Director on national dam safety policy.

(2) Authority. The Board may use the expertise of Federal agencies and enter into contracts for necessary studies to carry out this section.

(3) Voting membership. The Board shall consist of 11 voting members selected by the Director for expertise in dam safety, of whom:/P>

(A) 1 member shall represent the Department of Agriculture;

(B) 1 member shall represent the Department of Defense;

(C) 1 member shall represent the Department of the Interior;

(D) 1 member shall represent FEMA;

(E) 1 member shall represent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;

(F) 5 members shall be selected by the Director from among State dam safety officials; and

(G) 1 member shall be selected by the Director to represent the private sector.

(4) Nonvoting membership. The Director, in consultation with the Board, may invite a representative of the National Laboratories of the Department of Energy and may invite representatives from Federal or State agencies or dam safety experts, as needed, to participate in meetings of the Board.

(5) Duties.

(A) In general. The Board shall encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective programs, policies, and guidelines to enhance dam safety for the protection of human life and property throughout the United States.

(B) Coordination and information exchange among agencies. In carrying out subparagraph (A), the Board shall encourage coordination and information exchange among Federal and State dam safety agencies that share common problems and responsibilities for dam safety, including planning, design, construction, operation, emergency action planning, inspections, maintenance, regulation or licensing, technical or financial assistance, research, and data management.

(6) Work groups. The Director may establish work groups under the Board to assist the Board in accomplishing its goals. The work groups shall consist of members of the Board and other individuals selected by the Director.

(7) Compensation of members.

(A) Federal employees. Each member of the Board who is an officer or employee of the United States shall serve without compensation in addition to compensation received for the services of the member as an officer or employee of the United States.

(B) Other members. Each member of the Board who is not an officer or employee of the United States shall serve without compensation.

(8) Travel expenses.

(A) Representatives of Federal agencies. To the extent amounts are made available in advance in appropriations Acts, each member of the Board who represents a Federal agency shall be reimbursed of appropriations for travel expenses by his or her agency, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code [5 USCS §§ 5701 et seq.], while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of services for the Board.

(B) Other individuals. To the extent amounts are made available in advance in appropriations Acts, each member of the Board who represents a State agency, the member of the Board who represents the private sector, and each member of a work group created under paragraph (1) shall be reimbursed for travel expenses by FEMA, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code [5 USCS §§ 5701 et seq.], while away from home or regular place of business of the member in performance of services for the Board.

(9) Applicability of Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Board.