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US Extractive Industries Transparency Federal Advisory Committee (US EITI) seeking new members

The US Department of the Interior is now formally accepting applications for the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Federal Advisory Committee (US EITI Federal Advisory Committee). The application process is a submission of a resume by September 30, 2013.


This post is specifically asking for civil society members to apply to the USEITI committee. This means that you would represent your constituency but as a member of the civil society contingent of the group. The USEITI is a multistakeholder group consisting of reps from civil society, government, and industry. Thanks to President Obama's commitment to the EITI as part of the Open Government Partnership, the committee is charged with applying for the US to be a member of the global EITI standard. The EITI is an international initiative to set transparency standards for governments and corporations involved in the extractive industry. As a committee, we work on the application to become an EITI conforming country, which involves assessing the US framework for extractive industry reporting and transparency requirements and deciding which of our laws and practices conform with the global EITI standard and which do not. We hope to have a draft application early this fall, a public comment period throughout the country in September and October, and a final application to the EITI International Secretariat by December of this year.


The main element of the application to become a USEITI committee member is a resume emailed to useiti@ios.doi.gov. For more information, visit http://www.doi.gov/eiti/upload/FRN-2013-20177-Nominees.pdf. Please email the US EITI Civil Society Coordinator, mseemans@pwypusa.org, if we can be of help with your application. Letters of support are encouraged, and we are happy to assist your application in anyway that we can. It is important to note that no individual who is currently registered as a federal lobbyist is eligible to serve as a member of the committee.


The USEITI committee meets every month or every two months at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. The bulk of the time commitment comes before and during the multistakeholder meetings, which are usually two full-length days back to back. Before these meetings, people spend more time preparing and the civil society sector committee members meet or have conference calls to discuss our strategy going into the next multistakeholder meeting. However, there are moments of intense activity that members of the CSO sector can voluntarily engage in based on their area of expertise and specific interests.


The USEITI is highly engaging work and is a unique experience to be at the table with members of government and industry. From civil society we have members from the Project On Government Oversight, Oceana, Earthworks, Revenue Watch Institute, Transparency International - USA, First Peoples Worldwide, North Star Group, Calvert Investments, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, UCLA, United Steelworkers, United Mine Workers of America, Energy Policy Forum, and Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC. From government, the Departments of Interior, State, Treasury, and Energy are represented. From industry, the American Petroleum Institute, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Shell Oil, Peabody Energy, National Mining Association, BP America, ConocoPhillips, Rio Tinto, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Exxon Mobil, Walter Energy, Newmont Mining, Noble Energy, Ultra Petroleum, and ConocoPhillips are represented.


For further information about USEITI or the nomination period, please visit www.doi.gov/useiti or http://www.doi.gov/eiti/upload/FRN-2013-20177-Nominees.pdf. If you have any questions, please email useiti@ios.doi.gov or mseemans@pwypusa.org.


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