Overcoming Institutional Barriers to ECR at the Federal Level
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Terry Fenton U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Charles F. Howton, General Services Administration Committee Management Secretariat (MCC)
Meg Mitchell, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests
Debra Whitall, Ph.D., U.S. Forest Service

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

This panel will address some of the key legal and regulatory constraints that often arise when trying to put a collaborative process with federal and non-federal parties in place. Terry Fenton, from the EPA, will review the challenges that arise when identifying appropriate third-party neutrals and overcoming barriers raised by the federal procurements processes. Charles Howton, from GSA, will provide a brief overview of real and perceived barriers to collaboration raised by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Debra Whitall and Meg Mitchell, from the USDA Forest Service, will discuss approaches to the challenge of frequently rotating federal staff and the “handover” memo approach being taken by the Forest Service. The panel will stimulate participant discussion of additional institutional barriers to the use of ECR and collaborative problem solving and brainstorm possible solutions.

Primary Target Audience(s):

1 Transition_Mgmt [Compatibility Mode]
2 final letter from chief
3 Transition Management of Agency Personnel
4 Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest Trans Plan
Handover Memo 1-3-06