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Joint Federal/State Task Force on Federal Assistance Policy
In September 2002, the Joint Federal/State Task Force on Federal Assistance Policy (Joint Task Force)
was formed to review operational policies and administrative issues of national significance for the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program. The Joint Task Force
Charter was amended in 2004 to include the State Wildlife Grants Program and the Landowner Incentive
Program. In 2011, Charter Amendment No. 2 was approved to update the name of the Association
of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Amendment No. 3 in 2014 included a current list of members and
provided that a charter amendment would not be needed to update membership lists. The membership list
will be maintained on the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration website.
The membership of the Joint Task Force is comprised of:
Co-Chairs, one from the Office of the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one Director from a state fish and wildlife agency designated by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).
Members include six (6) WSFR Program employees designated by USFWS and six (6) state fish and wildlife agency employees designated by AFWA.
At the direction of the co-chairs, working groups may be established or appropriate legal counsel may be enlisted to assist the Task Force in developing its recommendations.
The Joint Task Force's purpose is to provide a process for the Service and state fish and wildlife agencies to cooperatively identify program issues and jointly develop recommendations for resolving those issues.
Joint Task Force efforts have resulted in the issuance of Director's Guidance, new/revised Service Manual chapters, Policy Recommendations, and other recommendations to clarify existing guidance. In cooperation with many State and Service personnel the JTF also developed the Conservation Heritage Strategic Plan for the WSFR Program.
Joint Task Force Meeting Reports are published after each meeting. These reports provide useful summaries of JTF discussions about issues and resulting recommendations.