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USDA - 5145 - Water Rights Task Force - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameWater Rights Task ForceAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year1997Committee Number5145
Original Establishment Date4/4/1996Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date8/25/1997Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date7/23/1996Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date8/25/1997Designated Federal Officer First Name*Steve
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 104-127Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Glasser
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7 USC 7201Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-205-1172
Effective Date Of Authority*4/4/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-205-1096
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*sglasser/
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The secretary of Agriculture and the Cheif of the Forest Service will use the findings and recommendations of the Task Force where and when appropriate to Departmental and Agency policy issues so arise. At this time, there are no specific plans that would incorporate the majority or minority views expressed in the final report. Some problems identified during the course of the public meetings conducted by the Task Force have already been resolbed by the Forest Service actions undertaken after the meetings were held.
How is membership balanced?*Of the 7 memebers of this task forcem the Republican leadership of the House and Senate apponted 4 members, the Democratic leadership apponted 2 members and the Secretary of Agriculture appointed 1 member. All 7 reside in the West; 6 men and 1 woman, 2 are in academia and 2 are in private law practices, 1 is in a public interest group, and 2 serve as executive Directors of private water associations. Four members were pro-water development interests and opposed public acquisition of water rights to protect the environment. Three members were diametrically opposed to the four members just described in philosophy and conclusions reached at the end of their year long serach for compromise. The task force struggled with many side issues, heard from over 60 witnesses from all points of view, appeared ready to find a compromise, but it all unraveled in the last 2 meetings. The report was written in part by all members, with chairman views representing the majority, and the Vice-Chairman's views included in the Chapter titled Separate Views in the back of the report.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee held 11 meetings during this fiscal yaear in various cities in the West. Most were 1 or 2 days long. One meeting was held in Washington, DC Meetings were used to solicit ideas from the public and the congress on how to resolve the five questions assigned to the task force by the statute. A very thorough investigation was conducted, the iissues wwere debated at great length by the task force members, and in the end no resolution was found fro the major issue given tothe task force to solve. Continuing it would serve no useful purpose and the members themselves are glad it is over and they can return to their normal professional lives.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The statute required this task force be appointed, asigned it five questions to address, set a deadline for the final report to the Congress and the Secretary.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksN/A


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*$40,400.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$5,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$38,476.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$6,427.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$13,445.00Est. 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$1,200.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$93,521.00Est. Total Next FY*$11,427.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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