OPERATING COMMITTEES

for which the NPS has coordinating responsibility

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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.

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ALASKA REGION

None

 

 

INTERMOUNTAIN REGION

Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

None

 

 

MIDWEST REGION

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

 

KEWEENAW NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK COMMISSION

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, as amended in 1999 by Public Law 106-134.  There is no statutory termination date for the Commission. Charter

 

 

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

District of Columbia (National Capital Region also administers several National Park System units in Maryland,

Virginia and West Virginia)

None

 

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

 

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS PARTNERSHIP

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

 

ERIE CANALWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR COMMISSION

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

 

 

PACIFIC WEST REGION

America Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

None

 

 

SOUTHEAST REGION

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

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

 

  

WASHINGTON OFFICE (WASO)

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated:  November 8, 2013