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DOI - 25112 - Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program - Agency Authority


Committee NameNatural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration ProgramAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2007Committee Number25112
Original Establishment Date5/24/2005Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date5/24/2007Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date5/24/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/24/2007Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date5/24/2007Designated Federal Officer First Name*Frank
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthoritynoneDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*De Luise
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*agencyDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 208-4143
Effective Date Of Authority*5/24/2005Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-208-2681
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 will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to the Department of the Interior’s authorities, responsibilities and implementation of the natural resource damage provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act The Committee will provide advice and recommendations only. At the request of the NRDAR Program Manager or his/her designee, the Committee will meet periodically to gather and analyze information, discuss assessment and restoration practice issues, and – in an advisory capacity only – to develop recommendations for achieving ecologically sound, timely, and cost effective restoration of natural resources injured by releases of hazardous substances or oil..
How is membership balanced?*The Committee will consist of a group of up to 30 members – selected from personnel in the Department and other Federal natural resource trustee representatives, as well as representatives from other interested parties – including, but not limited to, state and tribal natural resource trustee representatives, business and industry, and national and local environmental groups. The Committee will reflect the diversity and balance of representation from among the interested party groups necessary to fulfill its purpose. The representatives will be selected by virtue of education, training, knowledge, or experience, and will be qualified to discuss and give informed advice about natural resource damage assessment and restoration practice issues. Non-governmental Committee members must be appointed to represent a particular interest.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 4 Estimated Total Meetings - 16
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Over twenty years of experience has shown – with few exceptions – that in spite of the adversarial legal context provided in the Federal statutes that authorize natural resource damage claims, restoration of injured natural resources can be achieved more quickly, more efficiently, and more effectively by utilizing cooperative approaches. In recognition of this, the NRDAR Program Office began a dialogue with various industry officials who represent potentially responsible parties – to identify cooperative approaches for achieving restoration of natural resources harmed by hazardous substances or oil. Strong interest was expressed in extending this dialogue to an intensive exploration of actual practice issues and protocols related to cooperative assessment and restoration of natural resources injured by hazardous substances or oil, in a non-case specific, programmatic context. This approach is squarely in accord with the Secretary ‘s “4-Cs” approach to resolving environmental disputes – “Conservation through Consultation, Cooperation, and Communication.”
Why close or partially close meetings?
Recommendation RemarksFirst meeting December 1, 2005
Second meeting March 2, 2006
Third meeting July 26-27, 2006
Fourth meeting November 29-30, 2006
Fifth and final meeting May 1, 2007


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 CommentThe Committee recommendation form a blueprint for many of the current and future activities of the Restoration Program. to date, the Department has drafted regulatory revisions and bugun implemention of over half of the Committee's recommendations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentDOI began implementation of the Committee recommendations in the summer of 2007. Final outcomes are anticipated to include regulatory revisions and improved guidance documents, leading to improved environmental health.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentUnable to determine at this date as the Department of the Interior is still in the process of implementing the Committee recmmendations. what those recommendations will be.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*17Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe final Committee report includes 17 recommendations, nine of which are highlighted in the executive summary. The time frames for implementing these recommendations varies, and is described in the report as a 'tiered approach' to implementation.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDOI ontends to fully implement all the Committee recommendations. The Committee recommended a 'tired approach'to implementation of the recommendations. Work is already underway on 11 of the 17 recommendations, but none completed to date.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*65.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentTo date, DOI has begun to implement 65% (11/17)of the Committee recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*In October 2007, the Deputy Secretary met with members of the Committee to thank them for their service and to update them on implementation efforts to date.Narrative Description*Two committee meetings were held in FY 2007. The Committee completed its work and produced a final report to the Secretary containing several recommendations and a proposed 'tiered approach' for implementation.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$90,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$90,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$65,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$65,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$25,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$25,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$16,000.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$16,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$5,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,000.00
Total Costs$203,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$203,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-013110Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program2006
 COM-013555Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program2005