"The Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) was established in 2004 as part of the reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) (Public Law 108-360). ACEHR's members are non-Federal employees serving three-year terms from research and academic institutions, earthquake-related professions, and state and local governments. We are charged with assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction; the effectiveness of NEHRP in performing its statutory activities and any need to revise NEHRP; and the management, coordination, implementation, and activities of NEHRP. This report is provided to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who serves as the Director of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (referred to in this report as the 'ICC')2. Its recommendations are also directed to the NEHRP Secretariat and the four NEHRP agencies--the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report is structured to reflect on the Program's achievements and challenges since its inception in 1977, new trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction, and concerns about the future of NEHRP. Two critical and overarching needs for NEHRP's future are then discussed, followed by a series of programmatic and agency-specific assessments and recommendations."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/