VLA Scheduling. BarryClark summarized how the VLA prioritizer worked and future improvements. The TAC agreed to the following: (1) the new TTA tool suit should have a high priority; and (2) in the near term we should provide users with better info on optimizing their VLA sessions in the PST. At the TTA meeting it was noted that (2) was really specific to the VLA. There is already advice in the GBT documentation, but none for the VLBA documentation. We need to make this more clear for 17A. We also briefly discussed changes to the prioritizer and agreed to discuss these at the next TTA meeting, along with the "check box" indicating that the proposer agrees that getting some data is useful science. During the TTA meeting there was some discussion about near term changes proposed to sessions in the PST and whether this was appropriate. The time scale (17B) seemed ambitious.
Document/Tools. The TAC likes the detailed summarizes and that we placed all TAC info on the web. They noticed the GBT was different and did not include grades. Overall they seemed satisfied with the TAC info that was supplied.
Proposals per SRP. There was much discussion about how best to handle the case when one SRP has a large number of proposals to review. Our initial goal was a max of about 50. Suggestions included (1) divide AGN into two panels; (2) duplicate panels per science category; and (3) give the SRP chair discretion to reduce the number of proposals per reviewer with the constraint that there be at least 4 reviews. The TAC agreed to (3). During the TTA meeting we discussed if any software needed to be developed. For example, a bit to keep track of proposals reviewed. The current system will handle this okay but it will be more work for the SRP chair.
NRAO/GBO/LBO. A separate discussion occurred after the post-mortem about the NRAO/GBO/LBO. KarenONeil gave a presentation on our plans to the NSF. There was a lot of discussion about scoring and ways to modify it to be more telescope specific. The TAC did not have much input with comments ranging from do nothing to provide us results from different methods.
Director's Review. The date is 13 May (Friday) at 12:00-03:00 pm EDT. The plan was to have information for the following by Friday (29 April) to DanaBalser who will generate a single report.
GBT Info. ToneyMinter may have this completed shortly after Friday.
VLBA/GMVA Info. MarkClaussen should have this complete by Friday.
Joint External Proposal Info. GarethHunt in working on this and should have something by Friday.
Timeline. This 17A timeline is now on the wiki. Please provide feedback.
PST Requirements. The plan is to finalize PST requirements by the next TTA meeting (5 May). We will then discuss priorities at this meeting. Please send any PST telescope resource changes to DanaBalser before the meeting.
TAC Recruitment. Two chairs to recruit (EGS and ISM). TimBastian will probably recruit within the EGS SRP.
SRP Recruitment. There are 4-6 potential vacancies. There are at least 4 vacancies (1 EGS, 3 Galactic SRPs). There may be 1 additional (Galactic SRP) if one member who was absent in 16B does not return in 17A, and another additional (EGS) if the chair is recruited from the current SRP. MarkClaussen will contact JayLockman that he will have to recruit at least one, and maybe two, SRP members from EGS. The rest need to be recruited by MarkClaussen.