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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

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

Federal Regional Council

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.

Committees and Members

Much of the work of the FRC is structured through the following committees: U.S.-Mexico Border, Outer Pacific and Tribal. These committees develop recommendations around issues that arise in these broad areas.  The FRC is comprised of senior leadership from the following federal departments and agencies:

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, contact Trina Martynowicz (martynowicz.trina@epa.gov) at US EPA.

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