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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (Secretary) recently took action that will delay the issuance of of all planned FY 2017 grants and cooperative agreements in the amount of $100,000 or more. This requirement became effective on April 19, 2017 and applies to all financial assistance programs administered by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) – this includes Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration, State Wildlife Grant programs, and all other grant programs.
Zinke's memo stated that the temporary measure is was intended "... to help me to understand the immense impact grants and cooperative agreements have on the mission delivery of the Department."
DOI bureau heads and office directors were instructed to supply information to Deputy Secretary James Cason for review.
It is not known how long "temporary" will be or the criteria by which the grants and cooperative agreements will be reviewed.
If you are affected by this change (directly, or because you are working under such a grant or cooperative agreement to someone else), please contact the Ornithological Council immediately.