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Appropriations Related Questions FY15

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

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Status of Balances of Appropriation

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 83, Public Law 113-235, Status of Balances of Appropriations, SEC. 417. 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 Appropriation Q3 Report (pdf, 75kb)

Balances of Appropriation Q3 Letters (pdf, 423 kb)

Balances of Appropriation Q3 Bill Language (pdf, 470 kb)

Reprogramming Actions

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Explanatory Statement: Division F – Department of the Interior, Environment, and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, H. R. 5171, Reprogramming Guidelines, Quarterly Reports; Congress requires the Forest Service to submit quarterly reports for all reprogrammings between budget activities, budget line-items, program areas, or the more detailed activity levels within 60 days of the end of each quarter.

Reprogramming Q3 Letters (pdf, 602 kb)

Reprogramming Q3 Bill Language (pdf, 2mb)

July Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2996, Public Law 111-88. 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.

FY2015 July FLAME Letters (pdf, 989 kb)

FY2015 July FLAME Report (pdf, 96 kb)

FY2015 July FLAME Bill Language (pdf, 513 kb)

May Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2996, Public Law 111-88. 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.

FY2015 May FLAME Letters (pdf, 3 mb)

FY2015 May FLAME Report (pdf, 156 kb)

FY2015 May FLAME Bill Language (pdf, 513 kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 83, Public Law 113-235, Status of Balances of Appropriations, SEC. 417. 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 Appropriation Q2 Report (pdf, 913 kb)

Balances of Appropriation Q2 Letters (pdf, 1 mb)

Balances of Appropriation Q2 Bill Language (pdf, 470 kb)

Philadelphia Peak Radio Repeater in the Green Mountain National Forest

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Explanatory Statement: Division F – Department of the Interior, Environment, and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, H.R. 5171; The Forest Service is directed to report to the Committees on Appropriations the plan for continued operation of the Philadelphia Peak radio repeater in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Philadelphia Peak Radio Repeater Letters (pdf, 789kb)

Philadelphia Peak Radio Repeater Report (pdf, 96kb)

Philadelphia Peak Radio Repeater Bill Language (pdf, 829kb)

Landscape Scale Restoration

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the Explanatory Statement: Division F – Department of the Interior, Environment, and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, H.R. 5171; specifying that the Forest Service report on “the progress made during the first year of implementation and projections for the coming year” for the Landscape Scale Restoration Budget Line Item in the State and Private Forestry appropriation within 90 days of enactment.

Landscape Scale Restoration Bill Language (pdf, 66kb)

Landscape Scale Restoration Report and Letters (pdf, 3mb)

March Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act Suppression Expenditures for Interior and Agriculture Agencies

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 2996, Public Law 111-88. 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.

FY2015 March FLAME Letters (pdf, 6mb)

FY2015 March FLAME Report (pdf, 97kb)

FY2015 March FLAME Bill Language (pdf, 513kb)

Status of Balances of Appropriation

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in H. R. 83, Public Law 113-235, Status of Balances of Appropriations, SEC. 417. 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 Appropriation Q1 Report (pdf, 75 kb)

Balances of Appropriation Q1 Letters (pdf, 636 kb)

Balances of Appropriation Q1 Bill Language (pdf, 470 kb)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR)

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in the FY 2015 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 113-235.  The Forest Service is directed to report to the Committee within 90 days of enactment of this Act on the implementation of CFLR funded projects and the outcomes of those projects to date.  The report should include performance measures as described in the CFLR 2011 Annual Report accomplishment form available on the Forest Service’s website.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Bill Language (pdf, 750 kb)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Report (pdf, 2 mb)

Invasive Species

Congressional request: Relating to a Congressional Directive in House Report 113-551, Invasive Species.  The Committee is concerned about the threat of invasive forest pests and understands that millions of acres of our nation’s forests are at risk of being overtaken by these pests.  The Forest Service is in a unique position to mitigate this threat.  The Committee therefore directs the Forest Service to provide the Committees on Appropriations with a report, detailing its work to eradicate and/or mitigate this threat.

Invasives Species Report (pdf, 202 kb)

Invasives Species Letters (pdf, 255 kb)

Invasives Species Bill Language (pdf, 63 kb)

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