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USDA - 79536 - Council for Native American Farming and Ranching - Agency Authority


Committee NameCouncil for Native American Farming and RanchingAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number79536
Original Establishment Date12/6/2011Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date7/12/2018Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date7/11/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/11/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Abigail
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cruz
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Keepseagle vs Perdue SettlementDesignated Federal Officer Phone*202-205-2249
Effective Date Of Authority*12/22/2011Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-720-1058
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of this Council is: (1) to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA programs; (2) to transmit recommendations concerning any changes to regulations or internal guidance or other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers; (3) to examine methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created through enhanced extension, sound conservation practices, targeted rural business services, and financial literacy services; (4) to examine methods of encouraging intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate the effects of land tenure and probate issues on the delivery of USDA programs; (5) to evaluate other methods of creating new farming or ranching opportunities for Native American producers; and (6) to address other Native American related issues as deemed appropriate.
How is membership balanced?*According to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, which initially authorized the Council and was approved by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Council shall consist of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. To ensure that the recommendations of the Council have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall also include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities as well as persons who represent a diverse range of experience in different types of production agriculture. In addition, regional balance will be sought so that those representing Native American farmer and ranchers are sought and seated from throughout the country.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council shall meet approximately twice per fiscal year. Agendas are developed to allow the Council to discuss USDA programs and services, policies and regulations, and to hear public comments. These meetings are vital in supporting the Council's ability to make strong and informed recommendations to the Secretary of USDA.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The United States Department of Agriculture's CNAFR was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs. The Council was originally established as part of the Keepseagle settlement and has since been re-established under the Secretary of Agriculture's discretionary authority. This Council is pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Council holds open meetings unless the Secretary determines that a meeting or a portion of a meeting may be closed to the public in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. § 552b).
Recommendation RemarksThe Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) met 2 times during FY 2018. During FY18, the Council held in-person meetings in November 29, 2017 and June 20, 2018. Personnel Pmts and Travel and Per Diem payments to Federal Members are not included in the overall budget for this committee and paid by the respective agencies under USDA. Costs associated with the committee does not include compensation for RGE members that serve on the Committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWe are unable to determine what, if any, savings will be had because of CNAFR recommendations. We do know that the Keepseagle Settlement's overall cost was significant. If CNAFR, which was created by the Settlement, is successful at identifying better ways to serve Native Americans, then the risk of another Keepseagle-like lawsuit will decrease. Many recommendations provided by this Council additionally benefit USDA's service to other historically-underserved constituents.Grants Review Commentn/a
Number Of Recommendations*59Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations total provided by the Council at the end of FY18 is 59. Since the council expired on July 11, 2018, this is also the grand total number of recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInitial action has been taken on all recommendations that have not been fully addressed. Some recommendations require continuous monitoring and updates.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*75.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInitial action has been taken on all recommendations that have not been fully addressed. Some recommendations require continuous monitoring and updates.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Commentn/a
Agency Feedback Comment*Agency feedback is provided in meetings.Narrative Description*The CNAFR provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning how the department may better serve tribal communities and members with its programs and services.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$600.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$34,269.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$35,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$14,674.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$3,837.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,000.00
Total Costs$53,380.00Est. Total Next FY*$53,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Interest Areas

Rural Development
Eligibility Programs
Disaster Assistance


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031685American Indian/Alaska Native Food Security2018
 COM-032280Credit and Credit Desert2018
 COM-032447Farm Bill2018
 COM-032442Land Management2018
 COM-032061Youth and Education2018


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001232Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2017
 COM-003150Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2016
 COM-003948Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2015
 COM-005174Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2014
 COM-005459Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2013
 COM-007342Council for Native American Farming and Ranching2012