Operational Characteristics

It is recommended that the oversight committee assign one of its members as a liaison to each expert panel throughout the assessment. The liaison member would keep the oversight committee informed of the panel’s assessment and report any concerns arising from the evaluations.

The draft reports of the expert panels should be given to the oversight committee for its information, but not for formal approval.

Periodically—say, every 6 to 12 months—the entire oversight committee should review for consistency all the panel assessments that were conducted during that time. (It will have received the reports from the panels.) The consultant and the committee member serving as liaison to the panel should prepare briefings for the committee, highlighting any inconsistencies. The chair of the expert panel may need to attend these review meetings to provide additional information.

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