[Federal Register: April 4, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 65)]
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Farm Service Agency

National Drought Policy Commission

AGENCY: Farm Service Agency, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Commission Meeting.


SUMMARY: The National Drought Policy Commission (Commission) shall 
conduct a thorough study and submit a report to the President and 
Congress on national drought policy. This notice announces a meeting to 
be held on April 19, 2000, and April 20 if necessary. The Commission 
will review public comments submitted in response to its draft report, 
as well as discuss and approve the content of the Executive Summary and 
final report. The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: The Commission will conduct a meeting on April 19, 2000, from 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and April 20, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 
p.m., if necessary to complete its work, in the Jamie L. Whitten 
Federal Building, 12th and Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C. All 
times are Eastern Daylight Time.
    Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or 
participate in this meeting should contact Leona Dittus, on 202-720-
3168, Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or Internet:, by COB April 12, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Comments and statements should be sent to Leona Dittus, 
Executive Director, National Drought Policy Commission, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 6701-S, STOP 0501, 
Washington, D.C. 20250-0501.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leona Dittus (202) 720-3168; FAX (202) 
720-9688; Internet:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the Commission is to provide 
advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on the 
creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal policy, designed to 
prepare for and respond to serious drought emergencies. Tasks for the 
Commission include developing recommendations that will (a) better 
integrate Federal laws and programs with ongoing State, local, and 
tribal programs, (b) improve public awareness of the need for drought 
mitigation, prevention, and response and (c) determine whether all 
Federal drought preparation and response programs should be 
consolidated under one existing Federal agency, and, if so, identify 
the agency.
    The Commission's draft vision statement is of a well-informed, 
involved U. S. citizenry and its governments prepared for and capable 
of lessening the impacts of drought--consistently and timely. Drought 
policy should improve national security and foster economic prosperity, 
environmental quality, and social well being. It should also benefit 
future generations as well as our own.

    Signed at Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2000.
Keith Kelly,
Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
[FR Doc. 00-8227 Filed 4-3-00; 8:45 am]