for which the NPS has coordinating responsibility
An operating committee is any committee established to perform primarily “operational” as opposed to “advisory” functions. Operational functions are those specifically authorized by statute or Presidential directive, such as making or implementing Government decisions or policy. A committee is designated operational so long as the operational functions it performs constitute the primary mission of the committee. It may perform advisory functions as long as they are subordinate to the operational functions. Operating committees are not, themselves, subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act; however, any advisory committees created by an operating committee would be subject to the Act.
The Secretary of the Interior has assigned to the National Park Service coordinating responsibilities for operating committees that have some connection to the NPS mission. Coordination is often carried out by NPS staff at the park or regional office level. The Office of Policy works closely with the park or region to process nominations for appointment by the Secretary and to prepare a charter under which the committee will function. Some of the operating committees that the NPS is responsible for take the form of commissions that have some degree of planning and management responsibilities for designated National Heritage Areas. Through its National Heritage Areas Program, the National Park Service provides technical assistance as well as financial assistance to National Heritage Areas for a limited number of years following designation. More information about National Heritage Areas can be found at http://www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas/.
The following is a list of current operating committees for which the NPS has coordinating responsibility.
The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission provides leadership, education and financial support for the protection, preservation and interpretation of resources related to the story of copper mining on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. The seven-member Commission was established in 1992 by Section 9 of Public Law 102-543, and as amended in 1999 by Public Law 106-134. There is no statutory termination date for the Commission. Charter
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR COMMISSION
In 1986, the 19-member Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission was established by Section 3 of Public Law 99-647 to assist Federal, State and local authorities in the development and implementation of an integrated resource management plan for lands and waters in the Blackstone River Corridor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 1999, the heritage area was redesignated as the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. In 2006, Congress enacted Public Law 109-338, to reauthorize the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission for an additional five years. It also directed the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study of the region to evaluate the possibility of designating one or more resources within the Corridor as a National Park Service unit. After receiving a one-year extension, the Commission is now set to sunset on October 12, 2012 unless reauthorized. There is also interest in having a non-profit organization manage the heritage area.
The 13-member Boston
Harbor Islands Partnership was established by subsection 1029(e) of Public Law
104-333, to coordinate the activities of Federal, State, and local authorities and
the private sector in the development and implementation of an integrated
resource management plan for the recreation area. The Secretary and the
Partnership assist the owners and managers of lands and waters within the
recreation area to ensure that existing programs, services, and activities that
promote the National Recreation Area are supported. There is no statutory
termination date for the Partnership. Charter
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and staff, in partnership with the National Park Service, collaborate with communities and organizations to preserve and interpret our heritage, invite visitors to explore what makes it unique, and ensure a vibrant future for the 2.7 million New Yorkers who call the Erie Canalway home. The 27-member Commission was established in 2000 by Public Law 106-554 to work with Federal, State and local authorities to develop and implement a comprehensive preservation and management Canalway Plan. The Commission has been extended until 2015. The Commission has also created a non-profit arm, the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, to assist the Commission in fundraising and strategic planning. Charter
NIAGARA FALLS NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA COMMISSION
Designated by Congress in 2008, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area stretches from the western boundary of Wheatfield, New York to the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, including the communities of Niagara Falls, Youngstown, and Lewiston. The region is home to natural wonders, rich cultural traditions, and nationally significant historical sites. The 17-member Commission was created in May 2008 by Section 427, Title IV, Subtitle B of Public Law 110-229, the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008. The purpose of the Commission was to assist in the preparation and development of a management plan for the heritage area; the plan was approved on August 23, 2012. The Commission will sunset on May 8, 2013. Discussions on a successor management entity are ongoing. Charter
PACIFIC WEST REGION
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands
Established in 2006, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor preserves and interprets the culture and history of Africans and African-Americans who settled in areas of coastal Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The Corridor provides an opportunity to understand and celebrate the unique language, religious beliefs, folklore, rituals, and foods of the Gullah/Geechee people. The 15-member Commission was established by Public Law 109-338, to assist Federal, State, and local authorities in the development and implementation of a management plan providing guidance for conserving the significant cultural, historical, and natural resources of the Heritage Corridor; and to provide educational and interpretive opportunities consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Corridor. The Commission will terminate on October 12, 2016. Charter
New Orleans Jazz tells the story of the people and places that helped shape the birth and development of jazz music and jazz culture in New Orleans. The 17-member Commission was established in 1994 by Sec. 1207, Title XII of Public Law 103-433, to assist the National Park Service in furthering the purposes of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and to implement the document entitled, “New Orleans Jazz Special Resource Study.” Since that time, the New Orleans Jazz Commission did have a limited role in implementing the general management plan and parts of the resource study. The Commission is no longer a functioning entity. The park is reviewing options to reinstitute the Commission, and to fulfill the charter. As of August 2012, no determination has been made. There is no statutory termination date for the Commission. Charter
WASHINGTON OFFICE (WASO)