The Working Subcommittee (hereafter referred to as Subcommittee) was established by action of the full Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA) at their meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 24, 1978. This action was taken to provide State input on the regulations and policies guiding federal assistance (FA) programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Assistance Division (FWS-FA). Since then, the Subcommittee has been consulted when State input based upon a detailed working knowledge of FA programs is desirable.
- Provide recommendations for and complete assignments made by the FWTFC Chair.
- Provide WSFR a means for early review and recommendations for new actions or revisions to the WSFR program, procedures, policies and/or legislation.
- Solicit input from State FA Coordinators on topics applicable to FWTFC meeting agenda topics and WSFR program management and provide that input to the FWTFC Chair and WSFR RegionalChiefs during regularly scheduled meetings.
- To ensure consistent WSFR program administration and new program implementation; provide technical guidance and assistance to WSFR on matters such as updates to the WSFR Toolkit and FA wiki website, implementation of Director’s Orders, identification of State training needs, “trouble-shooting” existing practices and recommending solutions.
- Identify emerging issues that may result from audits or new funding.
- Inform other State FA Coordinators of all FAC Working Group activities in the respective region.
FAC WORKING GROUP MEMBERSHIP
One Federal Assistance Coordinator (FAC) and one alternate from each FWS Region (except for Regions 1, 7, and 8 – where one FAC represents all three regions). It is recommended that FAC Working Group members have a working knowledge of both the biological and administrative aspects of FA programs. Membership will generally rotate on a three-year basis, with the alternate shadowing the previous subcommittee member during their third year. Regions may adopt shorter or longer lengths of tenure if accepted by a majority of Federal Assistance Coordinators in the Region.