270.105 Duties of a Team.§ 270.105 Duties of a Team.
(a) A Team's Lead Investigator will organize, conduct, and control all technical aspects of the investigation, up to and including the completion of the final investigation public report and any subsequent actions that may be required. The Lead Investigator has the responsibility and authority to supervise and coordinate all resources and activities of NIST personnel involved in the investigation. The Lead Investigator may be the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) on any contract for service on the Team or in support of the Team; while the COTR remains the technical representative of the Contracting Officer for purposes of contract administration, the Lead Investigator will oversee all NIST personnel acting as COTRs for contracts for service on the Team or in support of the Team. The Lead Investigator's duties will terminate upon termination of the Team. The Lead Investigator will keep the Director and the NCST Advisory Committee informed about the status of investigations.
(b) A Team will:
(1) Establish the likely technical cause or causes of the building failure;
(2) Evaluate the technical aspects of evacuation and emergency response procedures;
(3) Recommend, as necessary, specific improvements to building standards, codes, and practices based on the findings made pursuant to paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section;
(4) Recommend any research and other appropriate actions needed to improve the structural safety of buildings, and improve evacuation and emergency response procedures, based on the findings of the investigation; and
(5) Not later than 90 days after completing an investigation, issue a public report in accordance with § 270.205 of this subpart.
(c) In performing these duties, a Team will:
(1) Not interfere unnecessarily with services provided by the owner or operator of the buildings, building components, materials, artifacts, property, records, or facility;
(2) Preserve evidence related to the building failure consistent with the ongoing needs of the investigation;
(3) Preserve evidence related to a criminal act that may have caused the building failure;
(4) Not impede and coordinate its investigation with any search and rescue efforts being undertaken at the site of the building failure;
(5) Coordinate its investigation with qualified researchers who are conducting engineering or scientific research (including social science) relating to the building failure;
(6) Cooperate with State and local authorities carrying out any activities related to a Team's investigation;
(d) In performing these duties, in a manner consistent with the procedures set forth in this part, a Team may:
(1) Enter property where a building failure being investigated has occurred and take necessary, appropriate, and reasonable action to carry out the duties described in paragraph (b) of this section;
(2) Inspect any record, process, or facility related to the investigation during reasonable hours;
(3) Inspect and test any building components, materials, and artifacts related to the building failure; and
(4) Move records, components, materials, and artifacts related to the building failure.