Fe deral Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Training Course December 11, 2008 US Forest Service Office of Regulatory and Management Services (ORMS). Agenda. Purpose of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Who must comply with FACA? Applicable laws and directives
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Federal Advisory Committee Act(FACA)Training CourseDecember 11, 2008US Forest Service Office of Regulatory and Management Services(ORMS)
Detailed committee meeting minutes will be kept and must contain:
Required documents include:
The required documents include:
Secure Rural Schools Program Manager is the key contact for program and operational questions
*Projected number of new SRS Committees: 30 to 40
Forest Service Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees (RACs)
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, and Tax Extenders and Alternate Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 (10/03/2008 – 10/03/2012). P.L. 110-343
RACs are locally organized, but administered under FACA.
RACs are formed to ensure that line officers responsible for implementing title II projects have efficient and effective access to the advice of a RAC.
To ensure access, the Secretary may establish resource advisory committees for part of, or for one or more national forests.
The purposes of the Secure Rural Schools Act include making investments, and creating employment opportunities, through projects that:
The Secure Rural Schools title II funds may be used for projects that enjoy broad based support and have objectives that include--
Each RAC shall be included on an approved charter.
A Secure Rural Schools RAC charter may include one or more RACs
Each RAC may develop and maintain its own by-laws or operating principles independent of but consistent with the charter
A RAC shall consist of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Committee members shall be representative of interests of the following three categories:
(1) Five persons representing the following interests–
(a) Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups;
(b) Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
(c) Energy and mineral development, or commercial or recreational fishing interests;
(d) Commercial timber industry; or
(e) Hold Federal grazing permits or other land use permits or represent non-industrial private forest land owners.
(2) Five persons who represent--
(a) Nationally recognized environmental organizations;
(b) Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations;
(c) Dispersed recreational activities;
(d) Archaeological and historical interests; or
(e) Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.
(3) Five persons who –
(a) Hold State elected office or their designee;
(b) Hold County or local elected official;
(c) Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized;
(d) School officials or teachers; or
(e) Represent the affected public-at-large.
The Secretary shall appoint one replacement for each of the three categories.
RAC members shall serve 4-year terms
The Chairperson of each RAC shall be elected by the RAC from among its members for a term of 1 year.
Secure Rural Schools Program Manager,
Rick Alexander, 360 891-5162.
FACA Coordinator Helen Abraham at 202-401-4469.
FACA Assistant Director George Vargas,