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Laws Authorizing Service First

The laws creating Service First give the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture the authority to establish programs involving certain land management agencies to:

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Section 330, Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 106-291, 114 Stat. 922, 996, 43 U.S.C. § 1701 note, as amended by Section 428 of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-54, 119 Stat. 499, 555; Section 418, Div. E, of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-8, 123 Stat. 524, 747; and Section 422, Div. E, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-74, 125 Stat. 1045.

Service First authority as revised (Public Law 113-76):

In fiscal year 2012 and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, subject to annual review of Congress, may establish programs to conduct projects, planning, permitting, leasing, contracting and other activities, either jointly or on behalf of one another; may co-locate in Federal offices and facilities leased by an agency of either Department; and may promulgate special rules as needed to test the feasibility of issuing unified permits, applications, and leases. The Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture may make reciprocal delegations of their respective authorities, duties and responsibilities in support of the "Service First" initiative agency-wide to promote customer service and efficiency. Nothing herein shall alter, expand or limit the applicability of any public law or regulation to lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service or matters under the purview of other bureaus or offices of either Department. To facilitate the sharing of resources under the Service First initiative, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture may make transfers of funds and reimbursement of funds on an annual basis, including transfers and reimbursements for multi-year projects, except that this authority may not be used to circumvent requirements and limitations imposed on the use of funds.

Public Laws affecting Service First

Public Law 113-76, January 15, 2014, Section 430, page 341

SEC. 430. Section 330 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106–291; 43 U.S.C. 1703) is amended—

(1) in the first sentence, by striking ''programs. involving the land management agencies referred to in this section'' and inserting ''programs'';
(2) in the first sentence, by striking ''and promulgate'' and inserting ''and may promulgate''; and
(3) in the third sentence, by inserting after ''Forest Service'' the following: ''or matters under the purview of other bureaus or offices of either Department''.

Public Law 112-74, (1,085 KB PDF), Decemeber 23, 2011, Section 422, page 260.

SEC. 422. Section 330 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106–291; 114 Stat. 996; 43 U.S.C. 1701 note), concerning Service First authorities, as amended by section 428 of Public Law 109–54 (119 Stat. 555–556) and section 418 of Public Law 111–8 (123 Stat.747), is amended—

(1) by striking in the first sentence ''In fiscal years 2001 through 2011'', and inserting ''In fiscal year 2012 and each fiscal year thereafter''; and

(2) by striking in the first sentence ''pilot programs'' and inserting ''programs.''

Public Law 111-8, (1,235 KB PDF), March, 2009, Section 418, page 224.

SEC. 418. Section 330 of Public Law 106–291 concerning Service First authorities (114 Stat. 996), as amended by section 428 of Public Law 109–54 (119 Stat. 555–556), is further amended by striking "2008" and inserting in lieu thereof "2011".

Public Law 110-329, (438 KB PDF), September 30, 2008, Section 147, page 8, and Section 106, page 2.

SEC. 147. The authority provided by section 330 of Public Law 106–291 (43 U.S.C. 1701 note), as amended by section 428 of Public Law 109–54, shall continue in effect through the date specified in section 106(3) of this joint resolution.

SEC. 106. Unless otherwise provided for in this joint resolution or in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009, appropriations and funds made available and authority granted pursuant to this joint resolution shall be available until whichever of the following first occurs: (1) the enactment into law of an appropriation for any project or activity provided for in this joint resolution; (2) the enactment into law of the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009 without any provision for such project or activity; or (3) March 6, 2009.

Public Law 109-54 (403 KB PDF), August 2, 2005, Section 428, pages 57-48.

SEC. 428. Section 330 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106–291; 114 Stat. 996; 43 U.S.C. 1701 note), is amended—

(1) in the first sentence, by striking "2005" and inserting "2008";

(2) in the first sentence by striking "may pilot test agencywide joint permitting and leasing programs" and inserting after "Congress," the following: "may establish pilot programs involving the land management agencies referred to in this section to conduct projects, planning, permitting, leasing, contracting and other activities, either jointly or on behalf of one another; may co-locate in Federal offices and facilities leased by an agency of either Department;";

(3) in the third sentence, by inserting ", National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service," after "Bureau of Land Management"; and

(4) by adding at the end the following new sentence: "To facilitate the sharing of resources under the Service First initiative, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture may make transfers of funds and reimbursement of funds on an annual basis, including transfers and reimbursements for multi-year projects, except that this authority may not be used to circumvent requirements and limitations imposed on the use of funds."

Public Law 106-291 (366 KB PDF), October 11, 2000, Section 330, 43 USC 1701, page 76.

SEC. 330. In fiscal years 2001 through 2005, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture may pilot test agency-wide joint permitting and leasing programs, subject to annual review of Congress, and promulgate special rules as needed to test the feasibility of issuing unified permits, applications, and leases. The Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture may make reciprocal delegations of their respective authorities, duties and responsibilities in support of the "Service First" initiative agency-wide to promote customer service and efficiency. Nothing herein shall alter, expand or limit the applicability of any public law or regulation to lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service.

Contact:

Lura Matthews
Acting Service First Coordinator
303-239-3950
Bureau of Land Management

Forest Service

National Park Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service