Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council: Governance
The Council elects their leadership annually. The chair and vice-chair manage and preside over the Advisory Council in coordination with the designated federal officer. In addition, the chairperson acts as official spokesperson for the Council.
The Council operates under the provisions of a charter issued by Secretary of the Interior. Operating procedures are further defined in bylaws adopted by the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council was established by the Boston Harbor Islands' enabling legislation. The Council is subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App.), which includes the designation of a federal officer to oversee the management of the Council. The Designated Federal Officer is the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Service Superintendent. The Council reports to the Northeast Regional Director of the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
In the 1800s, when the Great Famine drove a million or more Irish citizens to immigrate to the United States, Deer Island was the landing point for thousands of refugees, many sick and poverty-stricken, hoping to reach the Port of Boston. More...