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USDA - 5307 - National Drought Policy Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Drought Policy CommissionAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2000Committee Number5307
Original Establishment Date7/16/1998Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date8/14/2000Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date1/15/1999Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs
Projected Termination Date8/14/2000Designated Federal Officer First Name*Leona
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC
Specific Termination Authority90 days after Commission submits reportDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Dittus
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 105-199Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-720-3168
Effective Date Of Authority*7/16/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-720-9688
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Commission holds meetings and public hearings as needed to obtain and discuss drought issues and concerns. The Commission: (1) reviews and analyzes Federal, regional, State, local and tribal drought programs and laws, and other pertinent data; (2) requests and considers public comments submitted including testimony at public hearings; and (3) consults and collaborates with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the Western Drought Coordination Council.
How is membership balanced?*The Law specified six Federal members. The three State and local government members includes one woman. Six at-large members represent various groups acutely impacted by drought and includes one woman, for a total of two women, one Native American and one Hispanic. Consideration was given to achieve a balanced representation from different geographic areas of the country, as well as watershed perspective, State level management, and cultural and gender diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In FY 2000, the Commission held public hearings in Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Billings, MT, El Paso, TX, and Los Angeles, CA.. The hearing in El Paso provided information regarding the international implications of drought, while the hearing in Los Angeles provided insights about highly competitive uses of water in an area where supplies are quite precious. The other three hearings provided an opportunity to hear about how drought during recent years has hurt the populace, hear about the peoples fears if drought continued during 2000 and to learn about how different groups expect to handle drought in the future. In addition to the five hearings, the Commission held four in-person meetings and three teleconferences. The in-person meetings were held in Los Angeles, CA., Scottsdale, AZ., and two in Washington, D.C..
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Congress found: (1) there was no coordinated Federal strategy to respond to drought; (2) drought was addressed mainly through special legislation and ad hoc action; (3) there is an increasing need to emphasize preparedness, mitigation and risk management; and (4) there is no single Federal agency to coordinate drought activities. Those seeking assistance were required to deal individually and separately with each Federal agency.The Commission is tasked with submitting a report to the President and Congress that provides advice and recommendations on the creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal policy designed to prepare for and respond to serious drought emergencies.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksCommission submitted its report, "Preparing for Drought in the 21st Century," to the President and Congress on
May 16,2000. By law, the Commission terminated 90 days after the report, on Aug 14, 2000. The 1999 Agriculture
Appropriations law (PL 105-277, Oct 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681), section 719, specifically provided authorization
for interagency funding to carry out the purposes of the National Drought Policy Commission. This report asks
for the cost of Federal member travel. Therefore we have included estimated travel costs of all six Federal
members, including five which were not from USDA and who paid their own travel expenses. The Department of
Commerce, Department of the Interior (DOI), and Forest Service (USDA but funded by DOI) contributed money to
the Commission's fund and was used to pay expenses included in this report. In addition, several Federal
departments, as well as non-governmental entities, provided in-kind services and paid for staff and staff
travel. These are not reflected in this report.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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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*$365,352.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$64,990.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$24,573.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$14,700.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$13,160.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$4,947.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$70,257.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$557,979.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-019946National Drought Policy Commission1999