Resolutions

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

unanimously

 

RESOLVED,

            That the Board of Directors adopts the following board meeting dates and locations for calendar year 2020:                     

Date:

Location:

Thursday, February 27 at 3:00 pm ET

Telephonic

Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28

Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 13 – Thursday, October 15

Washington, D.C.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting hereby adopts the FY 2020 Affirmative Action Plan for the Corporation

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

RESOLUTION PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, December 9, 2019

unanimously

WHEREAS,

Under the provisions of the Public Broadcasting Act, CPB makes grants to eligible public radio stations in a manner intended to provide for the needs and requirements of stations so that they may serve their local communities and audiences; and

WHEREAS,

The Community Service Grant (CSG) program is the primary mechanism for CPB to provide this financial support to local stations; and

WHEREAS,

CPB management has consulted with a panel of radio station representatives regarding changes to CSG policy and invited and received comment directly from public radio stations as part of this consultation process; and

WHEREAS,

The panel of station representatives has made a series of recommendations to CPB management, which have been reviewed by management, shared with the public radio system for further comment, and significantly informed management’s recommendations to the CPB Board.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The CPB Board of Directors hereby adopts CPB management’s recommendations for changes to radio CSG policy as outlined in the attached.

Recommendation 1

Organize grantees by Coverage Area Population (CAP) as follows:

CAP Category

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

CAP Range

 

< 20K

 

20K-100K

100K-

300K

 

300K-1M

 

1M-3M

 

> 3M

Recommendation 2

Align base grants with CAP categories and change all base grants proportionately with the CPB appropriation. Base grants would be distributed as follows:

CAP Category

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

CAP Range

 

< 20K

 

20K-100K

100K-300K

 

300K-1M

 

1M-3M

 

> 3M

Base Grants

$90,000

$85,000

$75,000

$60,000

$50,000

$35,000

Recommendation 3

Align minimum NFFS amounts with CAP categories. Grantees must meet the following minimum requirements for NFFS raised in any given fiscal year to maintain eligibility:

CAP Category

1

2

3

4

5

6

CAP Range

< 20K

20K to

<100K

100K to

<300K

300K to

<1M

1M to

<3M

> 3M

Minimum NFFS

$250,000

$275,000

$300,000

$300,000

$400,000

$500,000

Minimum NFFS (minority or rural)

 

$250,000

 

$250,000

 

$275,000

 

$275,000

 

$300,000

 

$400,000

Minimum NFFS (minority + rural)

 

$100,000

 

$100,000

 

$100,000

 

$100,000

 

$100,000

 

$100,000

Sole service grantees have no minimum NFFS requirement. All other grantees must meet the minimum direct NFFS requirement, which is half the amount of their minimum NFFS requirement.

Recommendation 4

Align minimum staffing with CAP categories. Grantees must meet the following minimum requirements for staffing in any given fiscal year to maintain eligibility:

CAP Category

1

2

3

4

5

6

CAP Range

< 20K

20K to

<100K

100K to

<300K

300K to <1M

1M to <3M

> 3M

Minimum Staff

2FT

2FT

2FT

3

(min. 2FT)

4

(min. 2FT)

4

(min. 2FT)

Minority grantees may count full-time equivalents (FTEs) toward the FT employee staffing requirement. Sole service grantees have no minimum staffing requirement.

Recommendation 5

Tier NFFS for incentive grant calculations. Use 90% of all NFFS reported up to $300,000; 100% of all NFFS reported from $300,000 up to $15 million; and 80% of all NFFS reported above $15 million to calculate incentive grants.

Extend incentive grants to all grantees in the CSG program.

Lower the multiplier on NFFS for minority grantees from 1.5 to 1.25 on NFFS up to $5 million.

Recommendation 6

Extend the probationary period for grantees that fail to meet eligibility requirements from two years to three years.

Recommendation 7

Institute a new method for reporting indirect administrative support (IAS) as NFFS:

  1. Derive a rate by dividing the licensee’s indirect costs by its direct costs;
  2. Apply the rate to a base amount consisting of the station’s net direct expenses (add physical plant support, if applicable, computed using CPB’s current instructions and subtract payments made by the station to its licensee for direct services).

Beginning with fiscal year 2020 annual financial reporting to CPB, grantees submitting an annual financial report (AFR) to CPB must use this method to report IAS as NFFS. Two exceptions would be provided: (1) State grantees, as approved by CPB, that do not have access to a sufficiently discrete financial statement may use a grantee-developed method; (2) Grantees that submit financial summary report (FSRs) will use a grantee-developed method. For stations that experience a significant reduction in IAS as a result of this policy change, CPB will allow for a phasing-in of the new method.

Recommendation 8

Phase-in new elements of the program over three years as follows:

Year 1 (FY 2021)

Implement:

  • CAP categories
  • New base grants; all base grant amounts change proportionately with the CPB appropriation
  • New NFFS minimums
  • New staffing minimums
  • New IAS calculation method introduced and compared to current method; current calculation methods determine IAS
  • New probationary periods
  • Incentive grants to all grantees
  • Tiering of NFFS as follows:

NFFS Tier

NFFS Range

Percent of Qualifying NFFS

A

< $300K

90%

B

$300K to <15M

100%

C

≥$15M

100%

 

Year 2 (FY 2022)

Implement:

  • Use of new calculation method to determine IAS
  • Tiering of NFFS as follows:

 

 

NFFS Tier

NFFS Range

Percent of Qualifying NFFS

A

< $300K

90%

B

$300K to <15M

100%

C

≥$15M

90%

Year 3 (FY 2023)

Implement:

  • Tiering of NFFS as follows:

NFFS Tier

NFFS Range

Percent of Qualifying NFFS

A

< $300K

90%

B

$300K to <15M

100%

C

≥$15M

80%

 

Resolution Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2019

RESOLUTION

PUBLIC SESSION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

unanimously

 

RESOLVED,

The Board of Directors adopts the following as the first two meeting dates for 2020:   

 

Date:                                                                Location:

Thursday, February 27 (Time TBD)

Telephonic

Monday, April 27 – Tuesday April 28

Washington, D.C.

 

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RESOLUTION

PUBLIC SESSION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, September 23, 2019

unanimously

 

WHEREAS,

Under the provisions of the Public Broadcasting Act, CPB makes grants to eligible public television stations in a manner intended to provide for the needs and requirements of stations so that they may serve their local communities and audiences; and

WHEREAS,

The Community Service Grant (CSG) program is the primary mechanism for CPB to provide this financial support to local stations; and

WHEREAS,

CPB management has consulted with a panel of television station representatives regarding changes to CSG policy and invited and received comment directly from public television stations as part of this consultation process; and

WHEREAS,

The panel of station representatives has made a series of recommendations to CPB management, which have been reviewed by management, shared with the public television system for further comment, and significantly informed management’s recommendations to the CPB Board.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The CPB Board of Directors hereby adopts CPB management’s recommendations for changes to television CSG policy as outlined in the attached.

Recommendation 1

Increase the base grant by calculating it as 0.12% of CPB’s federal appropriation.  

Recommendation 2

Implement tiering of Non-Federal Financial Support (NFFS) to calculate the incentive grant portion of the CSG:

  • Apply the incentive rate of return (IRR) to 100% of a grantee’s NFFS for each dollar up to $3 million.
  • Apply the IRR to 92.5% of a grantee’s NFFS for each dollar over $3 million but less than $20 million.
  • Apply the IRR to 95% of a grantee’s NFFS for each dollar of $20 million or more.

Recommendation 3

Limit future NFFS growth disparity by adding three incentive grant calculation mechanisms for grantees reporting NFFS of $20 million or more:   

  1. Hold the grantee’s year-over-year NFFS increase to a percentage no greater than the system’s average year-over-year NFFS increase;
  2. Where the grantee has a year-over-year increase, but the public television system does not, calculate its grant by using an amount that does not exceed the NFFS used to calculate its prior year’s grant;
  3. Allow large grantees, whose NFFS can fluctuate considerably, to carry forward NFFS funds over multiple years to smooth their NFFS growth over time. The allocation of NFFS earned in the first year – but not entirely used to calculate their first-year grant – can count towards their NFFS totals for the following year (i.e., a two-year allocation) or the following two years (i.e., a three-year allocation).

Recommendation 4

Allow grantees to meet the $800,000 minimum NFFS eligibility requirement with either a three-year average NFFS of at least $800,000 (computed on the three most recent years of NFFS) or a current year NFFS of at least $800,000.If a grantee does not meet the $800,000 minimum but is the primary or sole public television service provider for its coverage area population, CPB will assess its sustainability and ability to provide a viable, sustainable service. If CPB determines that a grantee satisfies these criteria, it will be eligible for a CSG during the applicable grant period. Grantees that do not meet the NFFS minimum and do not satisfy the alternative criteria will become ineligible for a CSG and be permanently removed from the CSG program.

Recommendation 5

Institute a new method for reporting indirect administrative support (IAS) as NFFS:

  1. Derive a rate by dividing the licensee’s indirect costs by its direct costs;
  2. Apply the rate to a base amount consisting of the station’s net direct expenses (add physical plant support, if applicable, computed using CPB’s current instructions and subtract payments made by the station to its licensee for direct services).

Beginning with fiscal year 2020 annual financial reporting to CPB, grantees submitting an annual financial report (AFR) to CPB must use this method to report IAS as NFFS. Two exceptions would be provided: (1) State grantees, as approved by CPB, that do not have access to a sufficiently discrete financial statement may use a grantee-developed method; (2) Grantees that submit financial summary report (FSRs) will use a grantee-developed method. For stations that experience a significant reduction in IAS as a result of this policy change, CPB will allow for a phasing-in of the new method.

Recommendation 6

Leave the current policy regarding base grants for merged entities in place for a one-year period. Direct CPB management to research and quantify the optimal amount of time that merged entities need to continue receiving base grants at a pre-merger level, and report back to the CPB Board with its findings and recommendations.

Recommendation 7

Update the Healthy Network Initiative grant program to provide funds to eligible grantees that have strategically improved their use of their station’s data to better serve their audiences and to gain operational efficiencies. Annually fund the grant program with $1 million. Sunset the current Healthy Network Initiative programs by the end of fiscal year 2020. Return unused funds to the incentive grant pool. To qualify for the proposed new Healthy Network Initiative grant, CPB would require a grantee to complete a qualifying station data audit and implement at least two of the audit’s strategic data improvement recommendations, such as  expanding capacity for data collection, storage, and analysis; the acquisition and deployment of new data software systems; and the integration of data base systems to create efficiencies.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RESOLUTION

PUBLIC SESSION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors hereby approves the attached FY 2020 Operating Budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

RESOLVED,

The President and Chief Executive Officer may, from time to time, make reallocations in the line items of the budget not to exceed ten (10) percent of any line item, provided that such changes are consistent with statutory allocations contained in the Public Broadcasting Act and further provided that the Board is informed sufficiently in advance of such reallocations through reports from the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to enable comments or questions if any.

RESOLVED,

Consistent with the authority delegated above, in the event of federal budget action that affects CPB’s FY 2020 appropriation, the President and Chief Executive Officer may adjust the overall budget to comply with such action.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, September 23, 2019

unanimously

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family, Friends, and Colleagues of

Cokie Roberts

NPR Congressional Correspondent, 1978-1988

NPR political commentator, 1988-2019

Edward R. Murrow Award Winner, 1990

Cokie joined the fledgling National Public Radio in 1978 and was a leading voice in shaping the sound and tone of NPR as a place for fair, informative, enlightening civil dialogue. She brought her insightful analysis to PBS as a contributor to the MacNeil/Lehrer Report. 

Even after moving to ABC News, Cokie remained part of the public media family by contributing to NPR as a political commentator for decades. She also served on the advisory board for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. In 1990, CPB awarded her the Edward R. Murrow Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to public radio.

We will long remember with gratitude Cokie’s years of service in public broadcasting, pioneering work and commitment to civility. We share the sorrow of her family and all ofpublic media at her passing.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors adopts the following revised board meeting schedule for the remainder of calendar year 2019:

Date:                                                                                             Location:

Monday, September 23 – Tuesday, September 24
(Annual Meeting)

Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 10

Phoenix, Arizona
Washington, D.C.

 

 

Resolution Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

unanimously


WHEREAS,
CPB management has developed a request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an advance appropriation in support of the public broadcasting system for FY 2023 and the public broadcasting interconnection system for FY 2021; and
WHEREAS,
The Board of Directors has been briefed on CPB’s proposed request, and CPB management has consulted with public broadcasting system members to ensure a broad spectrum of system needs for providing service was considered; and
WHEREAS,
CPB seeks to comply with the confidentiality of the OMB annual budget process by not releasing its budget request figures publicly until the President has delivered his budget request to Congress.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
The Board of Directors authorizes CPB management to submit CPB’s general budget request for FY 2023 and interconnection system budget request for FY 2021 to OMB

Resolution Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
unanimously

RESOLVED,
That the Board of Directors establishes the following committees and appoints the directors as listed below to serve on these committees:

Audit and Finance Corporate Governance Executive Compensation
Liz Sembler, Chair
Patty Cahill
Laura Ross
Patty Cahill, Chair
Ruby Calvert
Robert Mandell
Judy Davenport, Chair
Miriam Hellreich
Bruce Ramer

Liz Sembler serves as the Board’s representative to the PBS Programming Services Committee.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

unanimously

Resolved,


That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of John (Jack) Galmiche III
President and CEO, Nine Network of Public Media (2006-2019)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Oregon Public Broadcasting (1997-2006)

We will long remember with gratitude Jack’s commitment to public media’s mission, his pioneering work to engage communities, and his leadership of public media regional and national initiatives.
Jack was a pioneering leader whose long career in public broadcasting made a difference in so many lives in communities across Missouri and Oregon and the country.
Since November 2006, Jack served as the President and CEO of Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, Missouri. Under his leadership, Nine Network expanded the station’s service, produced important local content for the region, launched the Public Media Commons and became a model for community engagement initiatives across the public media system. With Jack at the helm, Nine Network was the national lead station for American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, public media’s long-term commitment, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help young people succeed in school, career and life.
Previously, Jack served as executive vice president and COO of Oregon Public Broadcasting and managed the operations of the statewide network of public television and radio stations.
Jack served on numerous advisory groups for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, held leadership positions on the boards of PBS, American Public Television, the National Education Telecommunications Association and other public media, educational and civic organizations.
Jack will be remembered for his investment in people, his pursuit of new ideas and his belief in public media to advance the public good.
We share the sorrow of Jack’s passing with his public media family across the country and extend our deepest sympathies to the Galmiche family.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Monday, March 18, 2019

unanimously

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of
Gary M. Shivers
News Director and Program Director, KANU (1968-1975)
Founding Program Director and General Manager, WUNC-FM (1975-1990)
Host, “Gary Shivers on Jazz,” (1978-1990)
General Manager, KMUW (1990-1993)


We will long remember with gratitude Gary’s leadership and passionate advocacy for public media, his community outreach and his work on behalf of public media regional and national initiatives, which made a lasting difference in communities across North Carolina and in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gary served as news director and program director of KANU at the University of Kansas before becoming the founding program director and general manager of WUNC-FM, where he shared his love of jazz music every Saturday morning on the syndicated public radio program “Gary Shivers on Jazz.” Gary went on to serve as general manager of KMUW at Wichita State University and also served on the NPR Board of Directors and as president of both the Public Radio Research Consortium as well as the Southern Educational Communications Association for Public Radio. In his capacity as a trusted public radio consultant for CPB, he worked with more than 50 public radio stations.
Gary will be remembered for his accomplishments, his leadership, his service to communities, his love of jazz, and his many friendships across public media.
We share the sorrow of Gary’s public media family across the country at his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his extended family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Monday, March 18, 2019


unanimously


RESOLVED,
That the Board of Directors adopts the following board meeting dates and locations for calendar year 2019:

Date: Location:
Monday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 19 Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, May 29 Nashville, TN
Thursday, August 22 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time
 
Telephonic
Monday, September 23 – Tuesday, September 24
(annual meeting)
Washington, D.C.
Monday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 10 Phoenix, AZ
Resolution Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

RESOLUTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
MARCH 5, 2019

unanimously

WHEREAS,
CPB management has developed an amended request to Congress for an advance appropriation in support of the public broadcasting system for FY 2022 and the public broadcasting; and
WHEREAS,
The Board of Directors has reviewed and considered CPB’s amended request, and CPB management has consulted with public broadcasting system members to ensure a broad spectrum of system needs for providing service was considered; and
WHEREAS,
CPB seeks to comply with the confidentiality of the annual budget process by not releasing its budget request figures publicly until the President has delivered his budget request to Congress.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
The Board of Directors authorizes CPB management to submit the amended general budget request for FY 2022 to Congress.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RESOLUTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
February 27, 2019

Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting accepts the Combined Financial Statements, Independent Auditors’ Report, and Reports in Compliance with the Uniform Guidance (previously referred to as OMB Circular A-133) for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Affiliate for September 30, 2018 and 2017.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019