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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCalifornia Desert District Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1784
Original Establishment Date10/21/1976Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.blm.gov/get-involved/rac/california...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date7/5/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*BLM's California Desert District Manager
Date Of Renewal Charter7/5/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Beth
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority5 U.S.C. AppendixDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Ransel
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Sec. 309 and Sec. 601Designated Federal Officer Phone*(951) 697-5200
Effective Date Of Authority*10/21/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(951) 697-5299
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*bransel@blm.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council meets to gather and analyze information, make field examinations, hear public comment and testimony, ascertain facts and, in an advisory capacity only, develop recommendations for the BLM's California Desert District Manager concerning the use, classification, retention, or disposal of public lands, or any other aspects of public land planning and management in the public interest. Council members provide advice that represents the point of view of the category and constituents they represent.The committee continues to accomplish this purpose through an active meeting schedule of at least three meetings per fiscal year and with the establishment of subgroups to further facilitate the participation of interested members of the public to better arrive at meaningful advice to the designated federal officer.
How is membership balanced?*Council membership is balanced with respect to geographic considerations; members' interests, points of view, and place of residence; composition of the population of the area being served; Council functions to be performed; and the major issues and problems relating to the planning and management of the public lands within the BLM's California Desert District. In addition, at least one qualified member in each of the three interest groups identified in the Membership and Designation section of the current charter represents and provides advice to the District manager.Vacancies are filled as quickly as possible to ensure a balanced representation at any given time.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council meets two to three times annually, as determined by the BLM's California Desert District Manager. The Council meets to gather information, conduct field examinations, and assist in developing policy regarding BLM initiatives or programs, such as rangeland management, the proposed recreation fee pilot program, major proposed projects involving public lands, land exchanges, proposed mining operations, landfills, etc. Meetings maintain relevancy via focus topics for each meeting. This allows the committee to hear briefings on, and have discussions about, topics that are currently in the public interest regarding public land management.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The California Desert District Advisory Council is mandated by Congress, through the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, to represent and present the views and concerns of their constituents, and advise the BLM California Desert District Manager on the BLM's management of public lands within the California Desert Conservation Area in southern California.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public. Notices of the meetings are published in the Federal Register, posted on the BLM California website, and distributed to local newspapers.
Recommendation RemarksThe Council met once in FY18.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentUpon recommendation of the DAC, the BLM has implemented focus topics for each DAC meeting. These focus topics allow the committee to receive briefings and engage in worthwhile discussions on topics of interest that facilitate the DAC's ability to provide advice and input to issues of importance to public land users.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAn in-depth analysis has not been done to determine cost savings associated with the California Desert District Advisory Council (DAC). However, the contributions of the DAC are of great benefit to the BLM.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*162Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the March 20, 2018 meeting, the council voted to advise the Bureau of Land Management to proceed cautiously with implementation of the proposed amendment to the California Desert District Land Use Management Plan and examine issues that can be amended, minor amendments to the proposed Amendment and emphasize, in that language, that the grazing issue must come to a head and be resolved, top of the agenda, in fairness to longstanding family interests, custom and culture of the land. And they further advised continued public input throughout the rest of the process; that each DAC member recognizes that all members have troubling concerns with the reopening of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, but advise BLM to proceed cautiously with implementation.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*64.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe BLM is not able to fully implement all administrative recommendations if they are in violation of regulations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*46.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe DAC had previously voted to establish a Mojave Trails National Monument subgroup to assist the BLM in the writing of the monument management plan. Representation would parallel original legislative advisory council recommendations. The implementation of this motion continues to be on hold.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe BLM Desert District also utilizes email, social media and direct mail.
Agency Feedback CommentThe BLM's California Desert District provides feedback and/or updates regarding the status of the BLM's implementation of Council recommendations during the District Manager's report at the beginning of each formal DAC meeting and through ongoing email and regular mail communications.Narrative Description*The California Desert District Advisory Council was established by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C.. 1701 et seq), as a citizens’ advisory group to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Council members represent various categories of interest within the geographic area covered by the BLM's California Desert District.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032014Dumont Dunes Subgroup2019
 COM-032254Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) Subgroup2019
 COM-032396West Mojave Route Designation Subgroup2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001522California Desert District Advisory Council2017
 COM-002744California Desert District Advisory Council2016
 COM-003658California Desert District Advisory Council2015
 COM-004826California Desert District Advisory Council2014
 COM-005624California Desert District Advisory Council - 17842013
 COM-007044California Desert District Advisory Council2012
 COM-007842California Desert District Advisory Council2011
 COM-009195California Desert District Advisory Council2010
 COM-009839California Desert District Advisory Council2009
 COM-011240California Desert District Advisory Council2008
 COM-011826California Desert District Advisory Council2007
 COM-012969California Desert District Advisory Council2006
 COM-013556California Desert District Advisory Council2005
 COM-014892California Desert District Advisory Council2004
 COM-015633California Desert District Advisory Council2003
 COM-016883California Desert District Advisory Council2002
 COM-017406California Desert District Advisory Council2001
 COM-018831California Desert District Advisory Council2000
 COM-019420California Desert District Advisory Council1999
 COM-020711California Desert District Advisory Council1998
 COM-021378California Desert District Advisory Council1997
 COM-033265California Desert District Advisory Council2018