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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
http://www.blm.gov
 
October 10, 2008
 
In Reply Refer To:
1783 (200) P         
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 10/16/2008
Information Bulletin No. 2009-006
 
To:                   All State Directors
 
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
 
Subject:           Call for Nominations for Science Committee Members             DD: 10/17/2008
 
The Director has approved the revised Science Strategy (attachment 1) and the charter for the Science Committee (attachment 2).  The Science Strategy calls for a formal approach to the application of science to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) programs based on the identification of agency priorities.  The Science Committee will play a key role for the BLM in the future, including prioritizing and approving research project proposals for funding.  Both documents are currently being printed at the National Operations Center.
 
The first step in implementing the strategy is the formation of the Science Committee.  There are 12 members of the Committee.  Three positions on the committee are filled by nominations from the field, and are to represent the three levels of officials of the BLM field organization – Deputy State Directors, District Managers, and Field Managers.  These committee members will serve terms of 2 years, with the potential of reappointment for an additional 2 years.  The committee is expected to meet or conference twice a year - shortly after the new budget year, and prior to the development of the budget justification. However, additional sessions may be called if circumstances warrant.  In order to keep costs down, it is anticipated that most of the meetings will be by conference call.
 
Recognizing that Committee members already have a great demand on their time, it is our desire to utilize the work of the committee efficiently, and limit the additional demand that participation would require.  To do so, the Committee will be assisted by the Division of Resource Services and a standing subcommittee made up of the State Office Science Coordinators, Regional Science Coordinators, and the Joint Fire Science Coordinator at the National Interagency Fire Center.  The first task of the Committee will be to participate in the development of the implementation plan for the Science Strategy.  With the recognition of the need to better manage our research activities as a part of the M4E initiative, we would like to initiate this effort in the near future.  To that end, please submit your nominations for the three field representative positions by the due date cited above.
 
It is our desire to schedule the first meeting of the Science Committee before the end of the current calendar year.  Nominees will be notified of their selection to the Committee, and the scheduling of the first meeting.
 
Thank you for your assistance in this very important effort.  For further information please contact Ron Huntsinger, National Science Coordinator, at (202) 452-5177.
 
 
Signed by:                                                                  Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson                                                     Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                      Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
 
 
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Last updated: 10-21-2009