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  • Shining a Light on FOIA: Partnerships and Transparency

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Did you know your personal notes—maybe ones you take during a meeting with partner—are not agency records?  I’ve heard really experienced people swear otherwise, wrongly, so they end up taking poor notes out of fear that anything written could become a public document.  At the same time, however, there is a legal requirement—the presumption of openness—that requires release of federal agency records even if a technically strict reading of the law...

  • What's the FACA? Federal Advisory Committee Act

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Earlier this year, I wrote about Urban Myths and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). As you may already know, there are at least as many urban myths about the Federal Advisory Committee Act, commonly abbreviated as FACA. Here, I want to give you some basics about FACA, a few tips, and some resources in case you want to know more. Keep in mind this idea about urban myths because there’s quite a bit of confusion about FACA. Bottom line: if you plan to have a...

  • Succession Planning for Partnerships

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Partnerships can be greatly affected when key people change. This is especially true in natural resource management agencies when a key person has important roles in many different partnerships. Perhaps you’ve seen this when a line officer or deciding official leaves and a new person arrives. Or when a coordinator, planning specialist, or public affairs person goes on a temporary assignment or detail. Sometimes it leaves a gap and other times a new player...

  • Urban Myths and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)

    Peter Williams, Associate Director I often get calls or emails about policies or laws relevant to collaboration, public engagement, or partnerships. Questions about the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) are some of the more common ones because, honestly, there are a whole bunch of urban myths around it and it covers so much. If you haven’t run into it yet, you should know that the PRA applies to any “systematic collection of information from the public.” That is a huge piece of ground, from surveys...

  • DoD’s Sentinel Landscapes Serve Military Readiness, Conservation and Community

    Anne Desmarais, Assistant Director As the third largest federal land management agency, the Department of Defense (DoD) is an important partner in conservation. DoD owns and manages 25 M acres of land, air and water resources across the nation that are home to more than 400 federally protected plants and animals. The Sentinel Landscapes partnership is one of three landscape-scale initiatives of DoD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program. These initiatives...

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