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Strategic Plan, Budget & Agency Performance

Responses to Congressional Requests for Information

Official responses to Congressional requests for information are provided below along with short descriptions of the requests.

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Fiscal Year 2013

Reprogramming Actions

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Quarterly Reports. All reprogrammings between budget activities, budget line-items, program areas, or the more detailed activity levels shown in the Statement of the Managers, including those below the monetary thresholds established above, shall be reported to the Committees within 60 days of the end of each quarter and shall include cumulative totals for each budget activity, budget line item, or construction, land acquisition, or forest legacy.

Reprogramming Q3_Bill Language (pdf, 518 kb)
Reprogramming Q3_Letters (pdf, 204 kb)

FY 2013 - September Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

2013 September FLAME Bill Language (pdf, 508 kb)
2013 September FLAME Letters (pdf, 528 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

Balances of Appropriations Q3_Bill Language (pdf, 339 kb)
Balances of Appropriations Q3_Letters and Report (pdf, 875 kb)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) ECM #7351917

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Forest Landscape Restoration Act (Public Law 11316). The Secretary of Agriculture is directed to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations within 60 days of enactment of this Act on the implementation of the collaborative forest landscape restoration funded projects and the outcomes of those projects to date and publicly post this information.

7351917_Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration_Bill Language (pdf, 463 kb)
7351917_Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration_Letters and Report (pdf, 866 kb)

Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Report - ECM # 7700692

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 104-134, Title III - General Provisions, Section 327 of Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Funds. The Secretary concerned shall report annually to the Committees on Appropriations of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives on expenditures made from the Fund of timber sales and recreation projects, revenues received into the Fund from timber sales, timber sale preparation and recreation project work undertaken during the previous year and projected for the next year under the Fund. Such information shall be provided for each Forest Service region and Bureau of Land Management State office.

7700692_Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration_Bill Language (pdf, 952 kb)
7700692_Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration_Letters and Report (pdf, 949 kb)

FLAME Activity for Fiscal Year 2011 - ECM #7713623

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 111-88, Title V FLAME Act of 2009, Section 502 FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Funds, Annual Report The Secretary concerned shall submit to the relevant congressional committees and make available to the public an annual report that describes the obligation and expenditure of amounts transferred from the FLAME Fund; and includes any recommendations that the Secretary concerned may have to improve the administrative control and oversight of the FLAME Fund.

7713623_FLAME Activities for FY12_Bill Language (pdf, 2140 kb)
7713623_FLAME Activities for FY12_Letters (pdf, 1795 kb)

FY 2013 - July Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #7774937

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

7774937_2013 July FLAME Bill Language (pdf, 508 kb)
7774937_2013 July FLAME Letters and Report (pdf, 3082 kb)

Nationwide Assessment of Night Flying Operations - ECM #7351935

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 112-589, Timely Delivery of Critical Reports. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide the results of the nationwide assessment of the agency's night flying operations (both the helicopter portion and fixed-wing portion) within 90 days of enactment of this Act.

7351935_Night Flying Operations Bill Language (pdf, 632 kb)
7351935_Night Flying Operations Letters (pdf, 480 kb)
7351935_Night Flying Operations Report (pdf, 1259 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7352288

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

7352288_Balances of Appropriations Q2_Bill Language ( pdf, 339 kb)
7352288_Balances of Appropriations Q2_Letters (pdf, 826 kb)
7352288_Balances of Appropriations Q2_Report (pdf, 1259 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7352229

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

7352229_Balances of Appropriations Q1_Bill Language ( pdf, 399 kb)
7352229_Balances of Appropriations Q1_Letters (pdf, 153 kb)
7352229_Balances of Appropriations Q1_Report (pdf, 69 kb)

FY 2013 - March Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #7665403

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

7665403_FY2013 March FLAME Bill Language ( pdf, 626 kb)
7665403_FY2013 March FLAME Letters (pdf, 390 kb)
7665403_FY2013 March FLAME Report (pdf, 435 kb)

Reprogramming Actions - ECM #7578901

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Quarterly Reports. All reprogrammings between budget activities, budget line-items, program areas, or the more detailed activity levels shown in the Statement of the Managers, including those below the monetary thresholds established above, shall be reported to the Committees within 60 days of the end of each quarter and shall include cumulative totals for each budget activity, budget line item, or construction, land acquisition, or forest legacy.

7578901_Reprogramming Q1_Bill Language ( pdf, 518 kb)
7578901_Reprogramming Q1_Letters (pdf, 500 kb)


Fiscal Year 2012

Back Country Airstrips - ECM #7105984

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the FY 2012 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Conference Report 112-331. The Forest Service is directed to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of enactment of this Act to provide a general assessment of back-country airstrips on National Forest System lands with recommendations for improving their function as an important component of the forest transportation and recreation system and publicly post this information.

7105984_Back-country Airstrips_Bill Language (pdf, 81 kb)
7105984_Back-country Airstrips_Letters and Report (pdf, 710 kb)

National Environmental Policy Act - Analysis for Grazing Permits - ECM # 7677662

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 108-108, Title III - General Provisions, Section 325. Beginning in November 2004, and every year thereafter, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture shall report to Congress the extent to which they are completing analysis required under applicable laws prior to the expiration of grazing permits, and beginning in May 2004, and every two years thereafter, the Secretaries shall provide Congress recommendations for legislative provisions necessary to ensure all permit renewals are completed in a timely manner.

7677662_NEPA Accomplishments_Bill Language (pdf, 818 kb)
7677662_NEPA Accomplishments_Letters and Report (pdf, 1601 kb)

Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act and Competitive Grant Procedures - ECM #7105987

Congressional request: Relating to Congressional Directives in Conference Report 112-311 and House Report 112-151. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an update on the status of developing a process, in consultation with State Foresters, that provides for the consideration and incorporation of Forest Action Plans in the annual budget preparation process, responds to state-specific priorities by allowing State Foresters the flexibility to reallocate a percentage of authorizations for the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, and supports an effective competitive grant procedure that addresses national and regional priorities.  

7105987_Coop Forestry Asst. Act & Competitive Grant Procedures Bill Language ( pdf, 1380 kb)
7105987_Coop Forestry Asst. Act & Competitive Grant Procedures Letters (pdf, 440 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7494350

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity. 

7494350_Balances and Appropriations Q4_Bill Language ( pdf, 95 kb)
7494350_Balances & Appropriations Q4 Letters and Report (pdf, 2491 kb)

Reprogramming Actions - ECM #7493869

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Quarterly Reports. All reprogrammings between budget activities, budget line-items, program areas, or the more detailed activity levels shown in the Statement of the Managers, including those below the monetary thresholds established above, shall be reported to the Committees within 60 days of the end of each quarter and shall include cumulative totals for each budget activity, budget line item, or construction, land acquisition, or forest legacy project. 

7493869_Reprogramming Q4_Bill Language ( pdf, 572 kb)
7493869_Reprogramming Q4 Letters and Report (pdf, 1235 kb)

Current Jobs Associated with the Legacy Roads and Trails Program - ECM #7105988

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Title III - Related Agencies, Capital Improvement and Maintenance, and Legacy Roads. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide a report on the jobs associated with the Legacy Roads and Trails program. 

7105988_Legacy Roads & Trails Jobs - Bill Language ( pdf, 171 kb)
7105988_Legacy Roads & Trails Jobs Letters and Report (pdf, 988 kb)

Forest Service Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy: Urban Heat Island Effects and Cooling - ECM #7105986

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Title III - Related Agencies, and Forest and Rangeland Research. Congress expects the Forest Service to continue ongoing urban natural resources stewardship research and should produce a joint report with the Department of Energy on the role that this work can play in helping reduce the urban heat island effect, as well as reduce the energy demand to cool buildings.

7105986_Urban Heat Island Effects - Bill Language ( pdf, 502 kb)
7105986_Urban Heat Island Effects Letters and Report (pdf, 481 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7371240

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

7371240_Balances and Appropriations Q3_Bill Language ( pdf, 95 kb)
7371240_Balances and Appropriations Q3_Letters and Report (pdf, 2765 kb)

FLAME Activity for Fiscal Year 2011 - ECM #7360493

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 111-88, Title V – FLAME Act of 2009, Section 502 – FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Funds, Annual Report – The Secretary concerned shall submit to the relevant congressional committees and make available to the public an annual report that describes the obligation and expenditure of amounts transferred from the FLAME Fund; and includes any recommendations that the Secretary concerned may have to improve the administrative control and oversight of the FLAME Fund.

7360493_FLAME Activities for FY11_Bill Language ( pdf, 2242 kb)
7360493_FLAME Activities for FY11_Letters and Report (pdf, 5276 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7249033

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

7249033_Balances and Appropriations Q2_Bill Language ( pdf, 91 kb)
7249033_Balances and Appropriations Q2_Letters & Report (pdf, 961 kb)

Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) Fee Information - ECM #7105962

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Statement of the Managers: Division E – Department of the Interior, Environment, and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; which directs the Department of the Interior, the EPA, and the Forest Service to provide specific information to the Appropriations Committees relating to payments made under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).  This report is provided for the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations including information on payments made in fiscal year 2011 under EAJA.

7105962_Equal Access to Justice Act_Bill Language ( pdf, 1806 kb)
7105962_Equal Access to Justice Act_Letters and Report (pdf, 1176 kb)

Reprogramming Actions - ECM #7110115

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Quarterly Reports. All reprogrammings between budget activities, budget line-items, program areas, or the more detailed activity levels shown in the Statement of the Managers, including those below the monetary thresholds established above, shall be reported to the Committees within 60 days of the end of each quarter and shall include cumulative totals for each budget activity, budget line item, or construction, land acquisition, or forest legacy project.

7110115_Reprogramming Q3_Bill Language ( pdf, 572 kb)
7110115_Reprogramming Q3_Letters & Report (pdf, 532 kb)

FY 2012 - May Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #7293173

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

7293173_FY2012 May FLAME Bill Language ( pdf, 100 kb)
7293173_FY2012 May FLAME Report and Letters (pdf, 2592 kb)

Quincy Library Group, Herger-Feinstein QLG - ECM # 7197651

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 105-277, Title IV - The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group, Forest Recovery Act, and Senate Report 111-38. The Committee directs the Secretary of Agriculture to submit to Congress a report on the status of the pilot project, including the source and use of funds, the acres treated, a description of the results, a description of the economic benefits to the local communities, a comparison of the revenues generated by, and costs incurred in, the implementation of the resource management activities, and activities planned for the following year.

7197651_Quincy Library Group Bill Language ( pdf, 121 kb)
7197651_Quincy Library Group Letters (pdf, 211 kb)
7197651_Quincy Library Group Report (pdf, 9920 kb)

Illegal Drug Cultivation – ECM #7265835

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Section 104 of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, P.L. 109-469. The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are directed to provide a joint report to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and appropriate congressional committees detailing the assessment of the quantity of illegal drug cultivation and manufacturing in the United States on lands owned or under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government no later than July 1 of each year for the preceding year.

7265835_Illegal Drug Cultivation Report, Letters and Bill Language ( pdf, 6735 kb)

Integrated Resource Restoration - ECM #7105980

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, National Forest System, Integrated Resource Restoration.  The conferees have agreed to the House proposal to allow the Administration to conduct an Integrated Resource Restoration pilot in Regions 1, 3, and 4. Within 90 days of enactment of this Act, the Forest Service should present a plan and guidance to the pilot regions for measuring performance and accountability. The plan and guidance should ensure program transparency, monitoring, fair allocation of funding, a consistent approach across the three regions, and that restoration is the primary goal of any projects funded through the pilot. The plan should also include traditional measures, such as timber targets and acres treated, while also including new measures such as watershed condition framework.

7105980_Integrated Resource Restoration Bill Language ( pdf, 173 kb)
7105980_Integrated Resource Restoration letters and report (pdf, 2128 kb)

Status of Negotiations on Land Acquisitions on the Tongass National Forest - ECM #7105990

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 112-331, Land Acquisition. Congress directs the Secretary of Agriculture to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of enactment of this Act describing current negotiations between the Forest Service and private landowners for projects receiving prior year and current appropriations within the Tongass National Forest, including the overall scope and timing of these acquisitions.

7105990_Tongass NF Bill Language ( pdf, 93 kb)
7105990_Tongass NF Letters (pdf, 249 kb)
7105990_Tongass NF Report (pdf, 38 kb)

FY 2012 - March Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #7166984

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

7166984_FY2012 March FLAME Bill Language ( pdf, 100 kb)
7166984_FY2012 March FLAME Letters (pdf, 958 kb)
7166984_FY2012 March FLAME Report (pdf, 387 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation - ECM #7110074

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2055, Public Law 112-74, Status of Balances of Appropriation, SEC. 424. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Indian Health Service shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations including all uncommitted, committed, and unobligated funds in each program and activity.

7110074_Balances and Appropriations Q1_Bill Language ( pdf, 91 kb)
7110074_Balances and Appropriations Q1 letters and report (pdf, 596 kb)

Large Airtanker Modernization Strategy - ECM #7134364

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 112-331. Congress directs the Forest Service to complete a plan to replace the aging fleet of federal air tankers as soon as possible.  The Service must work more closely with the Department of the Interior in developing the strategy for replacing the current air tanker fleet.

7134364_Airtanker Bill Language ( pdf, 98 kb)
7134364_Air tanker Modernization Strategy Letters and Report (pdf, 8387 kb)

Fiscal Year 2011

FY 2011 - September Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #7002168

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

7002168_2011 September FLAME Bill Language ( pdf, 174 kb)
7002168_2011 September FLAME Letters (pdf, 498 kb)
7002168_2011 September FLAME Report (pdf, 367 kb)

Heritage Resource Accomplishments and Funding Allocations - ECM # 6967774

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38. Congress directs the Forest Service to provide a report no later than September 30, 2010 detailing heritage resource program accomplishments and funding allocations for each region and each national forest for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

6967774_Heritage Program_Bill Language ( pdf, 249 kb)
6967774_Heritage Program_Letters and Report (pdf, 2877 kb)

Quincy Library Group, Herger-Feinstein QLG - ECM #6973561

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 105-277, Title IV - The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group, Forest Recovery Act, and Senate Report 111-38. The Committee directs the Secretary of Agriculture to submit to Congress a report on the status of the pilot project, including the source and use of funds, the acres treated, a description of the results, a description of the economic benefits to the local communities, a comparison of the revenues generated by, and costs incurred in, the implementation of the resource management activities, and activities planned for the following year.

6973561_Quincy Library Group_Bill Language ( pdf, 206 kb)
6973561_Quincy Library Group_Letters (pdf, 1922 kb)
6973561_Quincy Library Group_Report (pdf, 14296 kb)

Unobligated Land and Water Conservation Fund Balances - ECM # 6895866

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 108-89, Land Acquisition. The Committee directs the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the Forest Service to report to the Committee by May 1 of each year on any unobligated balances remaining at the field unit level. The report should identify carryover by the fiscal year appropriated, and should specifically quantify appropriations made more than 3 fiscal years prior.

6895866_UnobligatedBalances_Bill Language ( pdf, 66 kb)
6895866_Unobligated Balances_Letters (pdf, 126 kb)
6895866_Unobligated Balances_Report (pdf, 33 kb)

Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Report - ECM # 6865327

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 104-134, Title III - General Provisions, Section 327 of Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Funds. The Secretary concerned shall report annually to the Committees on Appropriations of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives on expenditures made from the Fund of timber sales and recreation projects, revenues received into the Fund from timber sales, timber sale preparation and recreation project work undertaken during the previous year and projected for the next year under the Fund. Such information shall be provided for each Forest Service region and Bureau of Land Management State office.

6865327_Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration_Bill Language (pdf, 100 kb)
6865327_Timber Sale Pipeline Restoration_Letters (pdf, 102 kb)
6865327_Timber Sale Pipeline Restoration_Report (pdf, 81 kb)

FLAME Fund – Annual Report – ECM #6943139

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Conference Report 111-316, Title V – Flame Act, Public Law 111-88.  The Secretary concerned shall submit to the relevant congressional committees and make available to the public an annual report that—(A) describes the obligation and expenditure of amounts transferred from the FLAME Fund; and (B) includes any recommendations that the Secretary concerned may have to improve the administrative control and oversight of the FLAME Fund.

6943139_Annual Flame Fund_Bill Language (pdf, 324 kb)
6943139_Annual Flame Fund_Ltrs include rpt info (pdf, 4993 kb)

FY2011 - March Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditure Forecast for the USDA Forest Service – ECM# 6729388

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

6729388_2011 March FLAME_Bill Language (pdf, 173 kb)
6729388_2011 March FLAME_Ltrs & Rpt (pdf, 7560 kb)

Illegal Drug Cultivation – ECM #6834417

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Section 104 of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, P.L. 109-469. The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are directed to provide a joint report to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and appropriate congressional committees detailing the assessment of the quantity of illegal drug cultivation and manufacturing in the United States on lands owned or under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government no later than July 1 of each year for the preceding year.

6834417_2011 Illegal Drug Cultivation 2011_Bill Language (pdf, 99 kb)
6834417_2011 Illegal Drug Cultivation_Letters (pdf, 308 kb)
6834417_2011 Illegal Drug Cultivation Report (pdf, 586 kb)

FY 2011 - May Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies - ECM #6816452

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

6816452_FY2011 FLAME May - Bill Language (pdf, 174 kb)
6816452_FY2011 FLAME May - Letters and Report (pdf, 876 kb)

Fiscal Year 2010

New Energy Frontier - Balancing Energy Development on Federal Lands - ECM #6767018

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress directs the Department of the Interior to submit a report in consultation with the Forest Service on the criteria used for siting renewable energy projects, including the extent to which protection of scenic landscapes, ridgetops, water resources, habitat including that for endangered species, and shorelines.

6767018_New Energy Frontier Report - Bill Language (pdf, 256 kb)
6767018_New Energy Frontier Report - Letters (pdf, 162 kb)
6767018_New Energy Frontier Report - Report (pdf, 29,501 kb)

FY 2011 - September Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Forecast For the USDA Forest Service - ECM #6498868

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year, as well as during the first weeks of September of each year where appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service have not been passed for the coming fiscal year by September 1.

6498868_FY2011 FLAME September Report - Bill Language (pdf, 174 kb)
6498868_FY2011 FLAME September Report - Letters (pdf, 432 kb)
6498868_FY2011 FLAME September Report - Report (pdf, 459 kb)

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy - ECM # 6751208

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316, Title V -FLAME Act of 2009, Section 503, Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy. Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, acting jointly, shall submit to Congress a report that contains a cohesive wildfire management strategy, consistent with the recommendations described in recent reports of the Government Accountability Office regarding management strategies.

6751208_A National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (pdf, 1765 kb)
6751208_Cohesive Strategy - Bill Language (pdf, 111 kb)
6751208_Cohesive Strategy - Letters (pdf, 1165 kb)
6751208_The Fed Land Assistance Mgmt and Enhancement Act of 2009 (pdf, 1330 kb)

Travel Management Rule - ECM # 6244656

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38, Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness. Within 60 days of enactment, the Service is directed to provide a report to the Committee outlining the process that it will use, by region, to ensure compliance of conducting a science-based analysis of the roads system, identifying unneeded roads, and complying with appropriate criteria to designate roads and trails, as defined by 36 CFR 212.5 and 212.55, including a timeline for implementation.

6244656_Travel Management Rule-Bill Language (pdf, 82.3 kb)
6244656_Travel Management Rule-Letters and Report (pdf, 550 kb)

Pineros/Guest Workers - ECM # 6244657

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38, Committee Recommendation, Other. The Committee is concerned by reports of employment and workplace safety violations related to the employment of foreign guest workers, known as pineros, by contractors operating on national forest lands. By March 1, 2010, the Service is directed to provide a report to the Committee detailing planned and actual monitoring, investigation and enforcement activities, including information regarding violations of employment or safety standards, for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The Service is also directed to make this report available to the general public on its website.

6244657_Pineros Workers_Letters (pdf, 148 kb)
6244657_Pineros Workers_Report (pdf. 1.63 mb)
6244657_Pineros Workers_Bill Language (pdf, 119 kb)

Large Fire Cost Review for 2009 - ECM # 6558074

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316, Wildfire Suppression Operations. The conferees reiterate that both the Interior Department and the Forest Service should ensure that cost containment is an important priority when suppressing wildland fires. Both Departments must examine and report promptly to the Congress and on agency websites, using independent panels, on each and every individual wildfire incident which results in suppression expenses greater than $10,000,000.

6558074_Large Fire Costs Review for 2009 Report (pdf, 1.80 mb)
6558074_Large Fire Cost Review for 2009_Letters & Errata Sheet(pdf, 2.50 mb)
6558074_Large Fire Cost Review Bill Language (pdf, 171 kb)

Quincy Library Group, Herger-Feinstein QLG - ECM # 6573419

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 105-277, Title IV - The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group, Forest Recovery Act, and Senate Report 111-38. The Committee directs the Secretary of Agriculture to submit to Congress a report on the status of the pilot project, including the source and use of funds, the acres treated, a description of the results, a description of the economic benefits to the local communities, a comparison of the revenues generated by, and costs incurred in, the implementation of the resource management activities, and activities planned for the following year.

6573419_Quincy Library Group Report (pdf, 4.12 mb)
6573419_Quincy Library Group Bill Language (pdf, 172 kb)
6573419_Quincy Library Group Letters (pdf, 256 kb)

National Environmental Policy Act - Analysis for Grazing Permits - ECM # 6411428

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 108-108, Title III - General Provisions, Section 325. Beginning in November 2004, and every year thereafter, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture shall report to Congress the extent to which they are completing analysis required under applicable laws prior to the expiration of grazing permits, and beginning in May 2004, and every two years thereafter, the Secretaries shall provide Congress recommendations for legislative provisions necessary to ensure all permit renewals are completed in a timely manner.

6411428_NEPA Accomplishments Report and Letters (pdf, 523 kb)
6411428_NEPA Accomplishments Bill Language
(pdf, 184 kb)

Unobligated Land and Water Conservation Fund Balances - ECM # 6399285

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 108-89, Land Acquisition. The Committee directs the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the Forest Service to report to the Committee by May 1 of each year on any unobligated balances remaining at the field unit level. The report should identify carryover by the fiscal year appropriated, and should specifically quantify appropriations made more than 3 fiscal years prior.

6399285_LWCF - Unobligated Balances as of 033110 - Letters and Report (pdf, 2.63mb)
6399285_LWCF - Unobligated Balances as of 033110 - Bill Language (pdf, 65.4 kb)

Fire Suppression Cost Estimate for FY 2010 - ECM # 6406134

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year.

6406134 Fire Suppression Cost Estimate for FY2010 - Bill Language (pdf, 125kb)
6406134_FY2010 FLAME Report - Letters
(pdf, 604kb)
6406134_FY2010 FLAME Report - Enclosure 1 (pdf, 3589kb)
6406134_FY2010 FLAME Report - Enclosure 2 (pdf, 70kb)

Heritage Resource Accomplishments and Funding Allocations - ECM # 6492156

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38. Congress directs the Forest Service to provide a report no later than September 30, 2010 detailing heritage resource program accomplishments and funding allocations for each region and each national forest for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

6492156 Heritage Resource Accomplishments and Funding - Bill Language (pdf, 172kb)

6492156 Heritage Resource Accomplishments and Funding - Letters (pdf, 143kb)

6492156 Heritage Resource Accomplishments and Funding - Report (pdf, 5073kb)

Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Report - ECM # 6360272

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 104-134, Title III - General Provisions, Section 327 of Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Funds. The Secretary concerned shall report annually to the Committees on Appropriations of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives on expenditures made from the Fund of timber sales and recreation projects, revenues received into the Fund from timber sales, timber sale preparation and recreation project work undertaken during the previous year and projected for the next year under the Fund. Such information shall be provided for each Forest Service region and Bureau of Land Management State office.

6360272 Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration - Bill Language (pdf, 87kb)

6360272 Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration - Letters and Report (pdf, 1108kb)

Illegal Drug Cultivation ECM #6363412

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Section 104 of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, P.L. 109-469. The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are directed to provide a joint report to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and appropriate congressional committees detailing the assessment of the quantity of illegal drug cultivation and manufacturing in the United States on lands owned or under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government no later than July 1 of each year for the preceding year.

6363412 Illegal Drug Cultivation - Bill Language (pdf, 95kb)

6363412_Illegal Drug Cultivation - Letters and Report (pdf, 11.2mb)

Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation – ECM #6244654

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-180.Congress directs the Forest Service to provide a report utilizing public input to help select projects for decommissioned and fixed roads and trails in environmentally sensitive areas, report back to the Committee within 120 days of enactment on the selected projects, and display its selection process and implementation activities on the agency's web site.

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Bill Language (pdf, 171kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Letters (pdf, 156kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 1 Projects (pdf, 255kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 2 Projects (pdf,100kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 3 Projects (pdf, 96kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 4 Projects (pdf, 85kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 5 Projects (pdf, 216kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 6 Projects (pdf, 256kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 8 Projects (pdf, 68kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 9 Projects (pdf, 206kb)

6244654_Legacy Roads Report - Region 10 Projects (pdf, 38kb)

Quincy Library Group  – ECM #6244662

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide a report detailing the actual number of acres treated in fiscal year 2009 and the updated number of acres planned for treatment in fiscal year 2010 within 60 days of enactment.

6244662 Quincy Library Group - Bill Language (pdf, 141kb)
6244662 Quincy Library Group - Report Included in Letter (pdf, 1.83mb)

Program of Work for Threat Assessment Centers – ECM #6322273

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 109-80. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide detailed work plans, including costs and staffing, for the new Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center in Oregon and the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in North Carolina.

6322273 WW&EF Environment Threat Assessment Centers - Bill Language (pdf, 141kb)
6322273 WW&EF Environment Threat Assessment Centers - Letters & Report (pdf, 3.2mb)

Suppression Cost Forecasts and Simulation Forecast FY 2010 – ECM #6244576

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide an estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs to improve budgeting and funding during the first weeks of March, May and July of each year.

6244576 Fire Suppression - Bill Language (pdf, 159kb)
6244576 Fire Suppression - Costs Estimate (pdf, 4.5mb)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Projects - ECM #6549671

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Senate Report 111-38, Committee Recommendation. The Committee expects the Service to use $10,000,000 of this increase to begin implementation of projects authorized by the Forest Landscape Restoration Act (Public Law 111–11). The Service is directed to provide a report to the Committee by March 1, 2010 that details the projects selected for implementation, estimated project costs, and the criteria used for their selection.

6549671_CFLR Projects-Bill Language (pdf, 128 kb)
6549671_CFLR Projects-Bill Language (pdf, 152 kb)
6549671_CFLR Projects-Letters
(pdf, 128 kb)
6549671_CFLR Projects-Report (pdf, 229 kb)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) – ECM #6238586

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Forest Landscape Restoration Act (Public Law 111–11). The Service is directed to provide a report that details projects selected for implementation, estimated project costs, and the criteria used for their selection by March 1, 2010.

6238586 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration - Bill Language (pdf, 166kb)
6238586 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration - Letters (pdf, 6.1mb)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Project Lists - ECM #6322278

Congressional request:  Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-316.  Congress requests the Forest Service to provide a comprehensive list of all projects selected for Recovery Act, funding within 30 days of enactment

6322278 ARRA Projects - Letters (pdf, 563kb)
6322278 ARRA Projects - January Report (pdf, 166kb)
DDBR#404-0 ARRA Transmittal (pdf, 47kb)
DDBR#404-1 All USFS ARRA Projects Announced as of 6/9/2009 (pdf, 1.43mb)
DDBR#404-2 List of USFS approved ARRA Projects 11/12/2009 (pdf, 492kb)
DDBR#404-3 ARRA Project Proposal and Review Strategy (pdf, 90kb)
DDBR#404-4 ARRA Performance Measures (pdf, 31kb)

Firefighting Recruitment and Retention Plan in Region 5 - ECM #6244634

Congressional request: Relating to the Forest Service finalizing or implementing a comprehensive plan to improve firefighter recruitment and retention in Region 5. Congress requires the Forest Service to provide a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan, including a full spending plan for the funds appropriated in P.L. 110-329, to the Committees by no later than March 1, 2009.

6244634 Firefighter Retention - Bill Language (pdf, 145 kb)
6244634 Firefighter Retention and Recruitment - Letters and Report (pdf, 2.81mb)

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program Proposed Accomplishments - ECM #6261459

Congressional request: Relating to the expansion of the Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. Within 90 days of enactment, Congress requires the Forest Service to provide a report detailing proposed FIA program accomplishments, including sites that have been selected for additional monitoring and the criteria used to select those sites.

6261459 Forest Inventory and Analysis - Bill Language (pdf, 159kb)
6261459 Forest Inventory and Analysis - Letters and Report 4.55mb)

Federal Airtanker Needs and Replacement Costs - ECM #6244655

Congressional request: Relating to readiness required for public safety Congress requires the Forest Service to provide a copy of its report on Federal airtanker needs including an estimate of replacement costs, within 30 days of enactment of this Act.

6244655 Airtanker Needs - Bill Language (pdf, 135kb)
6244655 Airtanker Needs - Letter (pdf, 155kb)
6244655 FSNIAC Strategy - Final - September 2009 (pdf, 1mb)

Emerald Ash Borer Program

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 111-180. Congress requests the Forest Service to provide a report on the Emerald Ash Borer Program and the overall scientific, monitoring, technology development and urban and rural response to clean-up and restore damaged areas.

DDBR#428 Emerald Ash Borer Transmittal (pdf, 43kb)
DDBR#428 Emerald Ash Borer Report to Congress (pdf, 861kb)
DDBR#428 Emerald Ash Borer Bill Language
(pdf, 98 kb)


Fiscal Year 2009

Forest Service Implementation of Stewardship Contracting – ECM #6563502

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in Public Law 105-277, Title III - General Provisions, Section 347. The Forest Service is directed to report annually to the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate on the status of development, execution, administration of contracts, the specific accomplishments that have resulted, and the role of local communities in development of contract plans.

6563502_Stewardship Contracting - Letters and Report (pdf, 9,615kb)
6563502_Stewardship Contracting Bill Language (pdf, 333kb)


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