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AID - 84639 - Partnership for Peace Fund Advisory Board - Statutory (Congress Created)
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NamePartnership for Peace Fund Advisory BoardAgency NameAgency for International Development
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number84639
Original Establishment Date10/25/2021Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.usaid.gov/west-bank-and-gaza/meppa/...
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date10/25/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director
Date Of Renewal Charter10/21/2023Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Megan
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Doherty
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Nita Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 712-1714
Effective Date Of Authority*12/27/2020Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*mdoherty@usaid.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee meets twice annually to publicly discuss recommendations for USAID the types of projects that should be considered for funding through the ‘People-to-People Partnership for Peace Fund' and other recommendations on USAID's approach to grassroots peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians.

Board recommendations are then compiled into a memo for the USAID Administrator's information and for use by the Bureau for the Middle East and the USAID Mission for the West Bank and Gaza.
How is membership balanced?*Name. The official designation is the Partnership for Peace Fund Advisory Board (henceforth “the Board”).

Authority. The Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA)(Pub. L. 116–260, div. K, title VIII, §8004, Dec. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 1816)) directs the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish an advisory board to make recommendations on:

the establishment of a program to provide funding for projects to help build the foundation for peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians and for a sustainable two-state solution; and
the types of projects that should be considered for funding through the ‘People-to-People Partnership for Peace Fund’ authorized by MEPPA.

Mission/Function. The Board provides the Administrator of USAID independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters related to the furtherance of the objectives of MEPPA.

Per the MEPPA legislation, the Board provides information and advice:
on the “types of projects” USAID should seek to further the purposes of the People-to-People Partnership for Peace Fund;
on partnerships and coordination with foreign governments and international organizations to leverage the impact of People-to-People Partnership for Peace Fund; and
to inform USAID’s required reporting to Congress.

Points of View.

The Board is composed of no more than fifteen members who have demonstrated regional expertise and experience and expertise in conflict mitigation and people-to-people programs. The membership will be a diverse group of experts, with up to two positions held for representatives of foreign governments or international organizations. The members will be appointed as Regular Government Employees, Special Government Employees or Representatives.

The Board should be composed of individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. All members should have demonstrated support for establishing a peaceful and sustainable two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. These individuals may include, but not be limited to: leaders of public interest groups, and/or faith-based, trade, and professional organizations; leaders of American multinational businesses; current and former U.S. Government officials (including former but not current members of Congress); and academics of various scholarly approaches to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East or peacebuilding/conflict mitigation. Current Members of Congress may not serve on the Board.

The Board’s representative members will be proposed for membership from one of the following categories: (1) foreign governments or (2) international organizations.

The membership should be selected to represent diverse points of view, using the considerations and process provided in paragraph (5) below.

Diverse points of view would ensure that multiple perspectives are represented. Appointing members who have direct experience related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would provide the Board with needed expertise and ensure that the Board’s recommendations are grounded in lived-in experience in cross-border peacebuilding.

Candidate Identification Process. The Administrator is authorized to appoint the Chair of the Board as well as up to two members who are representatives of foreign governments or international organizations.

Through a diversity of Congressional appointing authorities, MEPPA seeks to ensure that the Board is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory committee. Appointing authorities include:

The USAID Administrator;
The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;
The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives;
The chair and the ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;
The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives;
The majority leader and the minority leader of the Senate;
The Speaker and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

Members serve for renewable three-year terms. Vacancies may be filled as they occur.

(6) Subcommittee Balance: The procedures to establish subcommittees and process for determining balance on subcommittees will be outlined in the Advisory Board Bylaws.

(7) Date Prepared. This Membership Balance Plan was drafted on October 22, 2021.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee meets twice per year for public meetings and will conduct no fewer than one trip to the region every three years for fact-finding purposes.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board members are both experts in the region and Congressional appointees. While USAID can and does consult with other peacebuilding experts, diplomats, and development professionals, only this Board can present advice that reflects the bipartisan range of Congressional perspectives.
Why close or partially close meetings?All deliberations of the Partnership for Peace Fund Advisory Board have been announced publicly and open to the public for viewing.
Recommendation Remarks
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*13Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentOver the course of meetings in April and October of 2022, Board Chair George Salem identified fifteen recommendations that enjoyed broad, uncontested support. In addition to these 13 recommendations, there are dozens of other recommendations made by individual Board members. USAID considers these 13 to be the core recommendations of the Board but endeavors to implement as many of the other recommendations as is reasonable and in alignment with the legislation and best practices in development.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*46.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentUSAID has just completed the first year of programming under MEPPA and is actively engaged in planning for next year. Fully implemented recommendations are those that we were able to implement through or in parallel with our FY 21 solicitations. Partial recommendations are those that we plan to implement in future years through new solicitations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*54.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentUSAID has just completed the first year of programming under MEPPA and is actively engaged in planning for next year. Fully implemented recommendations are those that we were able to implement through or in parallel with our FY 21 solicitations. Partial recommendations are those that we plan to implement in future years through new solicitations.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback* Access CommentUSAID has published all relevant documents, transcripts, meeting recordings, and descriptions of activities on the USAID/MEPPA website at: https://www.usaid.gov/west-bank-and-gaza/meppa
Agency Feedback Comment*The nature of the Board's recommendations are broad in nature, and so USAID has opted to provide broad updates on programming rather than address specific recommendations with the Board.Narrative Description*
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COSTS

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*$78,065.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$80,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$126,799.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$130,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$32,161.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$80,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$4,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$19,565.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$18,000.00
Other Costs$1,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$261,590.00Est. Total Next FY*$329,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/18/2022 12:41 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est Cost RemarksFederal staff costs represent the portion of salary, benefit, and travel costs going to Board support for two full-time employees: one AD-18 political appointee, and one GS-14 civil servant. The AD-18 spends approximately 10% of her time on Board support, and the GS-14 spends approximately 33% of his time on Board support.

Consultant costs represent the portion of salary, benefit, and travel costs going to Board support for two full-time support staff: both institutional services contractors. These contractors support MEPPA implementation broadly with Board support being only one portion of their overall portfolio. One ISC spends approximately 75% of her time on Board support, the other spends approximately 33% of her time on Board support.

There are now two non-federal, "international members" of the Board who will join the full Board and support staff for a factfinding trip to Israel and the West Bank in February of 2023.

The additional $1,000 is for transcription services for Board minutes.
Cost RemarksFederal staff costs represent the portion of salary, benefit, and travel costs going to Board support for two full-time employees: one AD-18 political appointee, and one GS-14 civil servant. The AD-18 spends approximately 10% of her time on Board support, and the GS-14 spends approximately 33% of his time on Board support.

Consultant costs represent the portion of salary, benefit, and travel costs going to Board support for two full-time support staff: both institutional services contractors. These contractors support MEPPA implementation broadly with Board support being only one portion of their overall portfolio. One ISC spends approximately 75% of her time on Board support, the other spends approximately 33% of her time on Board support.

The additional $1,000 is for transcription services for Board minutes.
  
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