PCSRF Administration XVII
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CRITFC is charged with the coordination and administration of PCSRF funded projects within CRITFC and its member tribes. Efficiency, MOU compliance, fiscal oversight, and satisfying congressional intent are critical functions to safeguard the long-term sustainability of this funding opportunity. For 2016, 17 new projects at an additional budget level of $2.0 million will need to be contracted, implemented, and monitored. Since 2000, 322 tribal projects at a budget level of $28,711,000 have been implemented. Of those projects, 259 projects (80%) are completed and 63 (20%) projects are ongoing. The number of projects will increase to 339 projects with the addition of the FY 2016 ($2.0 million) funds. The majority of the projects are on-the-ground projects involving collaboration with federal, state and private landowners.
Primary duties under this project include applying for the annual competitive PCSRF funding using the federal government application process, writing and amending subcontracts with the tribes, maintaining the PCSRF database, reports to the CRITFC Commission, budget tracking by project, financial management, gathering individual progress reports and submitting comprehensive progress reports to NOAA Fisheries, coordinating the project selection process and audit compliance (see attached timeline) process.
The project also involves participating in all meetings of NOAA Fisheries regarding planning, implementation, region-wide coordination, and reporting of the PCSRF effort. Continued efforts also include assembling the Phase II performance measures (metrics) from all CRITFC and tribal projects required by NOAA and entering them into the PCSRF database. CRITFC will continue to work strategically with NOAA and other PCSRF participants in demonstrating that the PCSRF is contributing substantially in the coast-wide salmon rebuilding effort.
With multiple fiscal years under the PCSRF program, and the addition of the FY 2016 funding, we will be managing 80 active individual projects simultaneously at a budget of nearly $3.6 million. The internal CRITFC audit requires detailed individual project budget tracking. The PCSRF electronic database has to be maintained and development of reports and management of official documents has to continue.
Each tribe will submit semi-annual technical performance reports to CRITFC on September 30th (covering the period of March 1st to August 31st), and March 31st (covering the period of September 1st to February 28th) of each year of the contract, and a final report 90 days after the expiration of the underlying grant. It will be mandatory that the current PCSRF Performance Measure Metrics be completed for each respective project type during the reporting period.
CRITFC will compile the tribal progress reports along with reports on its own PCSRF salmon recovery activities. CRITFC will update the NOAA Fisheries PCSRF database as new or modified project information becomes available, or at least quarterly, so that the PCSRF database contains accurate descriptions and performance metrics for all completed, ongoing, and proposed projects. CRITFC will complete the PCSRF data validation reports and submit them to NOAA Fisheries on April 30th and October 30th of each year and remedy any problems identified by NOAA Fisheries staff.
This will benefit all Salmonid species in the Columbia Basin as a result of all the Tribal projects implemented.
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