New Exec. Order for another Gulf Coast Task Force

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office 1/30/09.

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Frankly, I am having trouble keeping all the study groups and task forces re the Gulf Oil Spill straight in my mind. Today the President issued an Executive Order for a new one. Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Here are some details from NOLA.com on Oct. 5th.

On the day President Barack Obama signed an executive order setting up his new Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the task force chairman, told more than two dozen environmental leaders in New Orleans that it’s up to Gulf Coast residents to set the agenda for the commission.

The task force was recommended by Navy Sec. Ray Mabus last week in his own report to Obama on how to move from responding to the oil spill to recovery of the coast’s ecology and economy.

One thought on “New Exec. Order for another Gulf Coast Task Force

  1. This task force will be worth watching during the stages of group development and to later see which method they choose to evaluate performance factors on an incremental scale, given the historical timeframe for recovery and restoration for this type of event.

    Secretary Mabus asserts the following statements

    “It is also essential that there be a single presidentially-appointed leader to oversee the transition from cleanup to response to recovery and restoration. This individual could serve as the chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and as the single point of contact within the administration to help coordinate federal restoration and outreach efforts.”

    “While the Task Force would not direct the action of other federal agencies, it would serve in a critical advisory capacity to ensure that Gulf restoration efforts are coordinated, collaborated, and effective.”

    Suggested member partners:
    State, Federal and Tribal Representatives
    Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, Justice, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Labor, EPA, USACE, US Army Civil Works, Council on Environmental Quality, OMB, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Domestic Policy Council,

    Key responsibilities should include:
    Facilitate Project Implementation
    Program and Authority Coordination
    Coordination with Other Agencies
    Budget Coordination
    Oversight and Accountability

    Toney

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