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21, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 244)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Farm Service Agency
National Drought Policy Commission
AGENCY: Farm Service Agency, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of Commission meetings.
SUMMARY: The National Drought Policy Commission (Commission) will
continue discussion on its draft report of the Commission findings.
They will also discuss the status of Commission activities and other
committee business. This notice announces three meetings being held via
teleconferencing on January 5, January 19, and February 2, 2000.
DATES: The Commission will conduct three meetings via teleconferencing:
(1) January 5, 2000, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; (2) January 19, 2000, from
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; (3) February 2, 2000, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the
Mezzanine Conference Room, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C
Street, SW, Washington, DC. All times noted are Eastern Standard Time.
Members of the public in the Washington, DC area may attend the
meetings in person at the above address. All meetings are open to the
public; however, teleconference lines are limited. Please call Leona
Dittus at 202-720-3168 if you are interested in participating in the
call and to obtain the dial-in number. Seating is limited and is
available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or
participate in this meeting should contact Leona Dittus, on 202-720-
3168, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, and
email@example.com, by COB December 30, 1999.
COMMENTS: The public is invited to respond and/or to submit additional
comments, concerns, and issues for consideration by the Commission.
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, DC 20250-0501.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leona Dittus (202) 720-3168; FAX (202)
720-9688; internet firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Below is a draft vision statement and set of principles to guide
Draft Vision Statement
Our vision 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--in the new millennium.
This vision is based on the following principles:
Consideration of all affected entities and related issues,
including legal, economic, geographic, climate, religious, and cultural
differences; fairness and equity; and environmental concerns;
Comprehensive, long-term strategies that emphasize drought planning
and measures to reduce the impacts of drought;
Federal role focused on appropriate coordination, technical
assistance, education, and incentives while at all times respecting the
rights and responsibilities of Federal, State, and local governments,
and tribal sovereignty;
Self-reliance and self-determination;
Lessons learned from past drought experiences;
Shared drought-related expertise and knowledge across international
In addition to your own views and thoughts regarding a national
drought policy, as you review the draft vision and guiding principles,
the Commission would be interested in your thoughts regarding the
1. What is the best means for informing the public of Federal
assistance for drought planning and mitigation?
2. What type of information do you need for responding to the
3. What needs do you or your organization presently have with
respect to addressing drought conditions?
4. What do you see as the Federal role with respect to drought
preparedness? Drought response? Should Federal emergency assistance be
contingent on advance preparedness?
5. Are there any ways you feel that the Federal government could
better coordinate with State, regional, tribal, and local governments
in mitigating or responding to droughts?
6. What lessons have you or your organization learned from past
drought experiences that would be beneficial in the creation of a
national drought policy?
Signed at Washington, D.C., on December 16, 1999.
Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
[FR Doc. 99-33097 Filed 12-16-99; 8:45 am]
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