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