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DOS - 76839 - Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society - Agency Authority


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil SocietyAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2017Committee Number76839
Original Establishment Date2/16/2011Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date7/21/2017Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*24
Current Charter Date7/21/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/21/2017Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date7/21/2017Designated Federal Officer First Name*James
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityExpired CharterDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Thompson
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. 2656Designated Federal Officer Phone*202 647-7954
Effective Date Of Authority*2/16/2011Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee served the United States government concerning engagement with, and protection of, civil society worldwide. Functions include, but were not limited to:(a) Providing information and advice on the effective integration of civil society into overall foreign policy; and (b) Providing information and advice on the Department of State’s role in advancing, promoting, and protecting freedom of association and expression. The Committee did this through consults with other interested parties, agencies, and interagency committees and groups of the United States government, foreign governments, and with national and international private sector organizations and individuals as the Department of State and the Committee decided were necessary or desirable.Through these interactions and with recommendations from the various working groups, the Committee drafted action to implement policy towards civil society engagement.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the Committee consisted of leaders from civil society in the U.S. and abroad and partners in the philanthropic sector. They included: leaders of independent public policy advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations that defend human rights and promote democracy, humanitarian organizations, private foundations and funds, charitable trusts, societies, and associations. Balance was ensured by using a consultative selection process. Candidates were distributed across the categories listed above, while also ensuring geographic diversity of membership, and striving for gender balance in membership. Individuals were appointed as Representative members, not as Special Government Employees. Representatives were selected for membership for the purpose of obtaining the viewpoint of the group, organization, foundation, fund, trust, society, association, or corporation that they represent. Representatives were selected to represent diverse points of view, to provide geographic diversity, and to achieve gender balance, using the considerations and process described below. A) Potential candidates were identified by senior career and political officials of the Department of State and through a website open to individuals worldwide.(B) The selection of members was determined by the Secretary of State's Special Representative for Global Partnerships, in consulation with other senior career and political officials of the Department of State and FACA legal advisers, and after appropriate due diligence. (C) Vacancies were filled as they occurred through the same process described in Part 6.A and 6.B above, while ensuring that balance of membership along the lines described in Part 5 above was maintained.(D) The Secretary of State invited the members to serve for a period of two years or less.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In previous years, meetings have been held quarterly to discuss working group recommendations. These quarterly meetings have afforded the working groups an opportunity to outline their recommendations for US foreign policy. Committee meetings provide a forum where all of the recommendations can be discussed and policy action recommendations can be drafted for the Secretary's consideration. The final Committee did not hold an official first meeting after the Committee members were appointed by the Secretary.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee provided advice and assistance in the formulation of U.S. policies, proposals, and strategies for engagement with, and protection of, civil society worldwide. It provided a formal mechanism for dialogue with civil society for the State Department. Recommendations from Committee meetings are sent in a formal action memo to the Secretary for consideration. The objective of the Committee was to bring to the United States government a source of expertise, knowledge, and insight not available within the Department or elsewhere in the government on these issues.
Why close or partially close meetings?NA
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee was selected and working groups were established and approved in 2016. The Committee however never had its first official meeting due to shifting priorities at the end of the Administration. The charter for the Committee expired in July 2017 and will not be renewed.

Costs for this FY are based on 0.1% duty time for two employees for the one FY as no work was done on the Committee. Other costs highlight the $4000 stated in the charter renewal. No additional costs were expended for the Committee.

The subcommittees included: Global Philanthropy, Global Cities, Climate and Environment, Religion and Foreign Policy, and Global Education.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThrough the work of the previous committees, the Department of State elevated dialogue with civil society to a higher level than ever before. Resources were brought forth to disseminate the information received in Committee meetings into training course for foreign and civil service officers throughout the Department. Also, the State Department has formally expanded its diplomatic engagement with civil society through mission-based working groups in over 30 posts around the world.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee was led by both senior U.S. government officials and leaders from civil society who were to meet quarterly to review the Working Groups' progress and recommend policy action to effectively integrate civil society into overall foreign policy. The Committee was established to act as a direct point of contact in the government to liaise with civil society and improve overall outreach worldwide.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince inception, the Committee has proposed approximately 20 recommendations to the Secretary concerning engagement with and protection of civil society worldwide. No recommendations have been developed for 2016. The committee did not meet in 2016 and the charter has expired in 2017. The FACA has been terminated.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBased on the recommendations from the Committee, the State Department has implemented the following recommendations:Facilitate U.S. diplomatic engagement with religious communities through expanded training and guidance for State Department officials;Build awareness for women's rights in countries undergoing political transition and work closely with MENA region civil society groups and governments to make sure women's rights are enshrined in their new constitutions and protected in practice;Institutionalize a platform for dialogue with representatives from labor and business groups at G-20 Summits; Develop new opportunities for south-south cooperation on labor issues; and Establish mission-based civil society working groups within the Dialogue to address issues of local and regional importance. Most recently, the State Department has worked in collaboration with the Treasury Department and IRS to revise tax regulations on equivalency determinations, which will reduce the administrative costs of foundation grantmaking to foreign civil society groups.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations fully implemented are continuously being acted upon, while the rest are in development with stakeholders in the Department.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll information for the Committee is found on the State Department website for the Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships. The Committee charter term has expired and the Committee is terminated.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Department of State provides feedback regarding actions taken to implement recommendations through the individual offices and bureaus who are represented on the committee who are tasked with implementation of the recommendations. Also, mission-based working groups are provided feedback to address their individual concerns in engagement with civil society.Narrative Description*The Committee provided advice and assistance in the formulation of U.S. policies, proposals, and strategies for engagement with, and protection of, civil society worldwide. The objective of the Committee was to bring to the United States government a source of expertise, knowledge, and insight not available within the Department or elsewhere in the government on these issues. The Committee Charter expired in July 2017 and was not renewed. The Committee is terminated.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est 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*$1,872.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$1,872.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030090Democracy and Human Rights2017
 COM-030185Empowering Women and Girls2017
 COM-029639Global Philanthropy2017
 COM-030025Governance and Accountability2017
 COM-031616Religion and Foreign Policy2017


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-002825Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2016
 COM-003614Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2015
 COM-004820Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2014
 COM-005903Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2013
 COM-006930Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2012
 COM-007932Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society2011