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308.52 - U.S. Forest Service/USGS Interagency Committee for Program Coordination

5/20/98

OPR: Director's Office

1. Establishment. Established by letter of agreement dated December 15, 1983, signed by the Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (FS).

2. Purpose or Function. It is in the national interest that related program responsibilities of the U.S. Forest Service and the USGS be closely coordinated and mutually supportive. The duties and responsibilities of the FS/USGS Interagency Committee for Program Coordination are:

A. To coordinate related programs and research within the full range of interface between the two agencies.

B. To arrange for cooperation and support in the operational conduct of related programs.

C. To provide for the exchange of data, information, and findings of mutual concern.

D. To exchange program and budget information during the preparation stages, and to share information with budgetary implications whenever appropriate.

3. Representation.

Co-Chairpersons: Director, USGS, and Chief, FS.

Executive Secretariat: Chief, Office of Program Planning and Coordination, USGS; representative as designated by Chief, FS.

Members: There will be equal membership from both agencies, preferably with officials at the policy level to represent specific program activities.

4. Staff. To be provided by the Co-Chairpersons.

5. Meetings. The committee will meet semi-annually, or at the discretion of the Co-Chairpersons.

6. Working Groups. The committee has the authority to establish working groups to undertake studies of interagency issues and to make decisions within the authorities delegated by the Co-Chairpersons.

7. Termination Date. None. The committee will continue to function until either party declares its abolition in writing. The charter for this committee shall be reviewed every 3 years.


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