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Interagency Coordinators Subgroup (ICS). Prepared for: The Interagency Section 7 Streamlined Consultation Training Summit (February 18, 2004). ICS – What We’re About.

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Interagency coordinators subgroup ics

Interagency Coordinators Subgroup (ICS)

Prepared for:

The Interagency Section 7 Streamlined Consultation Training Summit

(February 18, 2004)

Ics what we re about

ICS – What We’re About

  • Is a group chartered by the Regional Executives (that area covered by the Northwest Forest Plan, PACFISH/ INFISH [excluding CA], Bull Trout, and related Biological Opinions

  • Interagency – FS, NOAA Fisheries, BLM, and FWS

Purpose and role

Purpose and Role

  • Our Primary Purpose – to be a focal point for oversight and timely resolution of issues with regard to implementation of streamlined consultation

  • Primary Role – to function as key policy advisors on the consultation procedures to the Regional Executives and Level 2 teams

Who is the current ics

Who is the Current ICS?

  • Bill LeVere, Forest Service (R-4)

  • Russ Strach, NOAA Fisheries

  • Jon Foster, BLM (ID)

  • Wendi Weber, FWS

  • Alan Christensen, FS (R-6)

  • Neal Middlebrook, BLM (OR/WA)

Four main emphasis areas

Four Main Emphasis Areas

  • Improving Consultation Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Organizing for Success

  • Providing Policy Leadership

  • Promoting Performance Accountability

Improving consultation efficiency and effectiveness

Improving Consultation Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Reissue Streamlined Consultation Procedures – updated to include guidance on “common execution problems”

  • Provide interagency refresher training in application of streamlined consultation procedures

Organizing for success

Organizing for Success

  • NOAA Fisheries to delegate signing authority for letters of concurrence to Level 2 representatives, and continue to pursue delegation of BO’s commensurate with level of delegation within FWS.

  • Prepare interagency policy direction encouraging utilization of action agency biologists to draft Section 7 documents for review and signature of the responsible consulting agencies.

Organizing for success continued

Organizing for Success (continued)

  • Identify full suite of opportunities to assign one consulting agency lead responsibility for consultation in those geographic areas where there are both listed resident and anadromous fish

  • Establish an interagency website –

Providing policy leadership

Providing Policy Leadership

  • Regional Executive commitment to meet three times per year to address outstanding policy and operational issues

  • Develop a comprehensive list of policy issues that includes those requiring regional or national resolution

Promoting performance accountability

Promoting Performance Accountability

  • Investigate the development of a framework for identifying and tracking the consultation workload

  • Develop an agreement on how we are going to elevate and address performance accountability issues

  • Identify interagency streamlining teams that operate effectively and recommend opportunities to acknowledge their success

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  • Provide an assessment of programmatic consultations that could be created or expanded for Federal lands




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