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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Federal Regional Council

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Overview

The Federal Regional Council (FRC) of the Pacific Southwest/Region 9 is a consortium of 22 federal departments and agencies representing approximately 60 different programs working in partnership to better serve the public. The geographical area of Region 9 is comprised of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the outer Pacific Islands. The goal of the FRC is to work in a coordinated manner to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of federal programs within Region 9.


History

The FRC grew out of the regional Federal Interagency Welfare Reform Task Force, established by the Department of Health and Human Services in 1996, to meet the challenges of welfare reform. This experience demonstrated that various federal agencies become more effective when working together. The FRC was then established in November 1998. Over the years, the FRC’s collaborative efforts have resulted in improved working relationships, stronger partnerships and more effective programs that serve the public.


Upcoming Meetings

Sacramento, CA, October 15, 12:00-1:00 PM
This meeting will be held in conjunction with EPA's Annual Tribal Conference at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, which typically brings together more than 500 participants from tribal nations from Arizona, California and Nevada. From 12:00-1:00 PM, FRC members are invited to participate in a joint Tribal leader's roundtable session for an informal discussion with tribes and federal agencies. For more information about the conference please visit the Tribal EPA Conference Exiting EPA (disclaimer) website.


Past Meetings

Honolulu, HI, April 14
Co-hosted by the Hawaii Federal Executive Board Exiting EPA (disclaimer), this meeting discussed topics of interest to federal agencies in Hawaii, decided which of these ideas to focus on during an upcoming September FRC meeting and identified next steps.

Santa Rosa, CA, May 1
Held in conjunction with EPA Region 9’s Spring Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) meeting, the FRC is invited to participate in an informal dialogue with tribal representatives and EPA management over lunch.

Sacramento, CA, May 16
This meeting was held in conjunction with the NOAA-led Drought Forum Exiting EPA (disclaimer) May 15-16 and included a discussion on federal grant opportunities with HUD and DOT. The FRC convened individually to share information on activities around the drought and discuss ways to reduce water consumption and strengthen long-term preparedness and resilience.

Phoenix, AZ, June 17
This meeting was held in conjunction with the Western Regional Partnership (WRP) Exiting EPA (disclaimer) Principals meeting June 17-18. The FRC discussed topics of interest, including support to tribes and siting renewable energy on federal and tribal lands.

Los Angeles, CA, July 29
This meeting was co-hosted by the LA Federal Executive Board Exiting EPA (disclaimer). The FRC discussed opportunities to support the drought and ways to reduce water consumption and strengthen long-term preparedness and resilience.

San Diego, CA, August 7
This FRC meeting will be held in conjunction with the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission's conference Exiting EPA (disclaimer) "Power of Collaboration" and will focus on U.S.-Mexico Border efforts, as well as the Federal Green Challenge, environmental health and addressing the drought.

Honolulu, HI, September 9
This meeting would be held in conjunction with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Exiting EPA (disclaimer) in Maui held September 10-12. Following up from the April FRC meeting in Honolulu, this meeting would discuss unique challenges and opportunities to HI and the Pacific Islands, such as addressing climate change impacts.


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Members

The FRC is comprised of senior leadership from the following federal departments and agencies:


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Committees

Much of the work of the FRC is structured through the following committees: Tribal Affairs, U.S.-Mexico Border and Outer Pacific. These committees develop recommendations around issues that arise in these broad areas within Region 9.

Tribal Affairs Committee

This Committee strives to enhance interagency collaboration on tribal matters, while improving channels of communication with tribal leaders and program directors. This group maximizes limited resources through coordination and partnerships with one another, as well as with tribes.

U.S.-Mexico Border Committee

This Committee coordinates federal agencies involved in programs and activities around the U.S.-Mexico Border, primarily in the federal government Region 9 geographic area, which includes California and Arizona. This group focuses on issues on both sides of the border and shares resources in improving the coordination of addressing key issues around the border.

Outer Pacific Community

The Outer Pacific Committee deals with issues related to the three U.S. Flag Territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); and the three freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau. The Outer Pacific Committee has met regularly since 1998. By convening the participating Federal agencies, the Committee believes it can achieve better outcomes for the people in the Pacific jurisdictions. The Committee's publishes an annual report of their grants, which include the following:


Contact

For further information, or to participate in a FRC meeting, contact Trina Martynowicz (martynowicz.trina@epa.gov).

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