Objective - To support NIST's statutory Lead Agency role of coordinating National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) research and implementation activities and to provide leadership and management support for the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC).
What is the new technical idea? This project is not a traditional research effort. Under the 2004 reauthorization of NEHRP (Public Law, PL, 108-360), Congress directed NIST to perform as Program Lead Agency and provide Program coordination, management, and leadership of the four NEHRP agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Geological Survey.
To fulfill this statutory responsibility and provide Program leadership, NIST established the NEHRP Office. Specific statutory EL NEHRP responsibilities include supporting the NEHRP Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC), the NEHRP senior leadership body; supporting the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), which provides the ICC with expert assessments on earthquake engineering trends and developments and on NEHRP effectiveness, management, and coordination; developing and updating NEHRP strategic and management plans; maintaining the NEHRP web site as an outreach vehicle for the program, and submitting ICC-approved annual reports to Congress on NEHRP activities. Leadership of the ICSSC by NIST is also required under the 2004 NEHRP reauthorization. A small in-house staff consisting of a Director, a Deputy Director, a Management/Program Analyst, and an Administrative Assistant performs these functions. In addition to the in-house staff, the NEHRP Office retains contractor administrative assistance for web site and editorial functions.
What is the research plan? The EL NEHRP Office will work with its partner agencies FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS to fulfill the goals and priorities found in the NEHRP Strategic Plan . Specifically the major planned FY 2017 EL NEHRP Office activities include:
- Working with NEHRP partners to produce the 2016 NEHRP annual report, using a combination of in-house and extramural support;
- Support revitalization of ICC activities;
- Supporting ICC deliberations on revising the NEHRP Strategic Plan, as well as other strategic direction issues tied to Program operations and agency coordination; - Supporting meetings, reporting activities, and membership transitions for the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR);
- Working with the other NEHRP agencies to reinvigorate the NEHRP partnership and coordinate research and implementation activities, including NEHRP interactions with Administration resilience activities and other agencies' multi-hazard activities as well as earthquake early warning system development;
- Supporting the implementation of Executive Order 13717 across the Federal government;
- Leading the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) in support of government-wide earthquake risk mitigation activities;
- Coordinating and performing any NEHRP efforts required to support the Presidential Policy Directive, National Preparedness (PPD-8) concerning resilience, including the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group and Executive Office of the President;
- Working with Congress and the other NEHRP agencies on any issues that arise concerning potential NEHRP reauthorization legislation; and,
- EL NEHRP also will coordinate comprehensive inter-agency responses to inquiries from members of Congress, the Executive Office of the President or Federal groups or agencies including the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group.