Enterprise Unit Partnership
The Enterprise Unit Partnership is designed to strengthen Enterprise Unit Leader networks and to provide a voice for promoting our collective interests.
Enterprise Unit Partnership Charter
- Explains the purpose, background and membership of the EUP.
- Contains details about roles & responsibilities and operations
of the EUP.
- Paul Claeyssens
Heritage Stewardship Group
- Melissa Marossy
Creative Conflict Resolution
- Cam Lockwood from Trails Unlimited
- Gary Morgan from Safety Systems Enterprise
- Chris French with TEAMS
Service – Pacific Southwest Region
Enterprise Unit Partnership
The Enterprise Unit Partnership (EUP) is established to focus the
Enterprise Unit collective towards strengthening business “owner”
networks and to provide a unified voice for promoting better business
principles in the Forest Service. The EUP will monitor the Enterprise
Program effectiveness as it applies to the Forest Service mission
In August of 1997, as part of the Presidential Initiatives under
the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, the Pacific
Southwest Region and Research Station of the USDA Forest Service
were designated as a Reinvention Lab. Under this authority the White
House and Chief of the Forest Service authorized the Regional Forester
and Station Director to waive Forest Service internal agency rules.
The objective of the Reinvention Lab was to develop and test new
methods of operation that will lead to more businesslike and accountable
approaches in operating the National Forests.
The activities of the Reinvention Lab originally focused on developing
an internal “market-driven economy” within the Pacific
Southwest Region and Research Station through the use of internal
businesses called enterprise units. They have since expanded to
other regions and stations. Activities also included developing
a business plan strategy for national forests and program areas
that can be used to better allocate resources.
The Enterprise Program, which grew out of the Reinvention Lab pilot,
is currently made up of 20 Enterprise Units. Each business (Enterprise
Unit) is responsible for developing and maintaining a business plan
that outlines their products and services, marketing, sales and
financial strategy, continued sustainability and growth potential.
Through the development of this plan, the enterprise unit “owners”
identify their revenue producing (billable) hours and determine
their full operating costs. This establishes a pricing structure
that covers their business expenses and provides funding for future
growth and development of the business; and is competitive within
the marketplace. With this, the Enterprise Units are responsible
for full-cost recovery and the development of a reserve account
for future growth and security.
The EUP represents the Enterprise Units licensed under the R5 Reinvention
Lab, created under the National Partnership for Reinventing Government
of 1997. It will provide advice to the Steering Committee regarding
customer expectations. A single membership is granted to each Enterprise
IV. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The EUP will:
- Provide platform for information sharing across the Enterprise
- Participate in the selection of all leadership positions, personnel
and administrative services providing support to Enterprise Units.
This will include positions in the Enterprise Program Office and Enterprise
- Develop and communicate strategies to further the mission of
the Enterprise Program
- Provide knowledge, through experience, on better business principles
- Provide advice and counsel to the Steering Committee and the
Enterprise Program on matters related to Enterprise
- Provide a network for communication and shared resources between
- Facilitate the smooth transition of new units into the Enterprise
Program through mentoring and support
- Facilitate integration of Enterprise information priorities
with national direction and emerging issues.
- Provide recommendations on key issues and expected quality of
support needed from the Enterprise Program Office and Enterprise Development Bank as it pertains to Enterprise.
- Monitor the Enterprise Program effectiveness as it applies to
the Forest Service mission and priorities.
- Address issues of coordination between Enterprise Program Office, Enterprise
Units and the Enterprise Development Bank
- Provide a forum for issue advocacy
- Provide the knowledge base for Enterprise Business Principles
- Present Enterprise needs and concerns to the participating Regional
Leadership Teams and the Reinvention Steering Committee.
- Encourage formation of subcommittees to address key issues and
The EUP will meet bi-annually or more frequently as needed. One
of those meetings each year will focus on planning of the annual
review, in addition to general business of the EUP. Most meetings
will be devoted to information sharing and addressing key Enterprise
issues. Conference calls may also be used to facilitate information
sharing. For meetings/conference calls where decisions are to be
made, an agenda will be distributed 14 days prior to the meeting.
Decision topics will be clearly identified on the agenda. Each Enterprise
Unit will pay for travel separately.
Operations of the EUP will require a quorum of fifty one percent
of the members and issues will be resolved by consensus where possible
but may utilize a majority vote with minority opinions documented.
Each membership has one vote and votes can be sent by proxy. Each
member will designate an alternate who will stay abreast of EUP
activities and can act in the member’s absence. Minutes of
all meetings will be shared.
The leadership of the EUP will consist of a Chair, a vice-Chair,
and three executive members. The vice-Chair will be a two-year position
that assumes the Chair position after the first year to provide
continuity in leadership. Other positions will be one-year terms.
Subsequent years votes will be conducted to replace a vice Chair
and three member positions. There will be a nominating committee
consisting of three volunteer members from the EUP that will organize
and manage the voting process. Voting will be conducted by secret
ballot. Nominees receiving the largest number of votes will become
the Chair, followed by the vice-Chair and three executive members.
If for some reason, the person receiving the largest number of votes
does not feel that they can effectively serve as Chair, they may
decline and serve as an executive member, cycling the leadership
based on the number of votes received. This leadership will also
serve as the Executive Board of Enterprise Unit Leaders.
The Executive Board serves as delegates of the EUP, presenting
issues, concerns, needs with a unified voice. They will act as an
EUP advocate on issues critical to Enterprise Units. Opinions/positions
represented by the Executive Board will have prior endorsement by
Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Executive Board will serve as
steering committee members with the other three members of the Executive
Board as alternates.
Members will participate on this partnership on a volunteer basis,
paying all travel and salary costs from their independent units.
EU Leader Meeting/Placerville
EU Leader Meeting/Sacramento
As per conference call with following EU leaders:
Ratified by quorum vote as set forth in the Charter- 03/22/02