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National Drought Policy Commission (NDPC)

Initial Meeting


July 22, 1999

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Facilitator Al Peterlin, USDA Chief Meteorologist Office of the Chief Economist, USDA


10:00-10:15 Introductions Facilitator


10:15-10:30 Opening Remarks  Chair


10:30-11:00 Legislative Sponsors' Vision Senator Domenici and Congressman Skeen


11:00-11:15 Review of the National Drought Policy Act Director





A. Overview of tasks Commission needs to accomplish in P. L. 105-199 Sec. 4(b) 1-8

B. FACA information

11:15-12:15 Commission Objectives and Goals  Members
Open discussion of scope and vision for Commission


12:15- Lunch


1:15 Review of WDCC,  Dep. Sec. Rominger
The Western Drought Experience and John Baker


1:15-1:45 Commission Objectives and Goals  Members
Open discussion continued


1:45-2:00 Working Group Preview  Warren Lee


2:00-2:30 Administrative Procedures Director


A. NDPC Organization, Structure, Rules and Responsibilities (Work Plan)



2:30-2:45 Break





B. Budget and staffing


C. Present Schedule of Commission Activities 

1. Report deadline
2. Set dates and locations for business meetings
3. Set dates and locations for public hearings


D. Elect a Vice Chair



3:45-4:00 Closing Remarks   Chair