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Executive Order — Establishing the President’s Global Development Council
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ESTABLISHING THE PRESIDENT’S GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. To help protect national security and further American economic, humanitarian, and strategic interests in the world, it is the policy of the Federal Government to promote and elevate development as a core pillar of American power and chart a course for development, diplomacy, and defense to reinforce and complement one another. As stated in the 2010 National Security Strategy and the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the successful pursuit of development is essential to advancing our national security objectives: security, prosperity, respect for universal values, and a just and sustainable international order. The effectiveness of this development policy will depend in large measure on how we engage with partners, beneficiaries of our development assistance, and stakeholders. We will use evidence-based decision-making in all areas of U.S. development policy and programs, and we commit to foster development expertise and learning worldwide.
Sec. 2. Establishment. There is established the President’s Global Development Council (Council). The Council shall be established for administrative purposes within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) subject to the foreign policy and budgetary guidance of the Secretary of State.
Sec. 3. Membership. The membership of the Council shall be as follows:
(a) The Council shall be composed of the officials described in paragraph (b) of this section and not more than 12 individuals from outside the Federal Government appointed by the President. Appointed members of the Council may serve as representatives of a variety of sectors, including, among others, institutions of higher education, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, civil society, and private industry.
(b) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the USAID Administrator, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation shall serve as non-voting members of the Council and may designate, to perform the Council functions of the member, a senior-level official who is part of the member’s department, agency, or office, and who is a full-time officer or employee of the Federal Government.
(c) The President shall designate a member of the Council to serve as Chair and another member to serve as Vice Chair. The Chair shall convene and preside at meetings of the Council, determine meeting agendas, and direct its work. The Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair and shall perform such other functions as the Chair may assign.
(d) The term of office of members appointed by the President from outside the Federal Government shall be 2 years, and such members shall be eligible for reappointment and may continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until the President appoints a successor. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired term of such vacancy.
Sec. 4. Mission and Functions. The Council shall advise and support the President, through the National Security Staff and the National Economic Council staff, in furtherance of the policy set forth in section 1 of this order. The Council shall meet regularly and shall:
(a) inform the policy and practice of U.S. global development policy and programs by providing advice to the President and other senior officials on issues including:
(i) innovative, scalable approaches to development with proven demonstrable impact, particularly on sustainable economic growth and good governance;
(ii) areas for enhanced collaboration between the Federal Government and public and private sectors to advance development policy;
(iii) best practices for and effectiveness of research and development in low and middle income economies; and
(iv) long-term solutions to issues central to strategic planning for U.S. development efforts;
(b) support new and existing public-private partnerships by:
(i) identifying key areas for enhanced collaboration and any barriers to collaboration; and
(ii) recommending concrete efforts that the private and public sectors together can take to promote economic development priorities and initiatives; and
(c) increase awareness and action in support of development by soliciting public input on current and emerging issues in the field of global development as well as bringing to the President’s attention concerns and ideas that would inform policy options.
Sec. 5. Administration of the Council. (a) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Council, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Council.
(b) Funding and administrative support for the Council shall be provided by USAID to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.
(c) The USAID Administrator shall appoint an Executive Director who shall be a Federal officer or employee of USAID and serve as a liaison to the Administrator and the Executive Office of the President and consult with relevant executive departments, agencies, and offices on matters and activities pertaining to the Council.
(d) The members of the Council who are appointed from outside the Federal Government shall serve without compensation for their work on the Council. Members of the Council may, however, receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
(e) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may apply to the Council, any functions of the President under FACA, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the USAID Administrator in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.
Sec. 6. Termination. The Council shall terminate 2 years after the date of this order, unless renewed by the President.
Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Emails, cables and reports on the Fast and Furious operation.
House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious operation threatened Thursday to seek a contempt of Congress citation against Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., saying his Department of Justice has refused to turn over key documents in the Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms gun-tracking investigation and that the Obama administration is trying to hide its involvement in the program that allowed hundreds of U.S. weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry charged Wednesday that the top federal prosecutor in Phoenix lied to them about the guns found at the crime scene in an attempt to hide the weapons’ connection to the ATF’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
In the late summer of 2010, the ATF agent leading the failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation in Arizona flew to Mexico City to help coordinate cross-border investigations of U.S. weapons used by Mexican drug cartels.
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SOLAR SCANDALS HAVE TAXPAYERS SEEING RED
Although the lame-stream media aren’t talking about it, failed solar companies like Solyndra and troubled businesses like SunPower Corp. received $4.75 billion in federal loan guarantees from the Obama administration …
The investments in these so-called “green” companies are victimizing already beleaguered American taxpayers – and there are virtually no answers to what may be just the tip of “green iceberg” unfolding scandal.
Right now two Republican lawmakers on two different House subcommittees are demanding answers and accountability into what many are calling “crony capitalism.”
According to news sources, The Energy Department (DOE) says on its website that the “$1.2 billion loan to help build the California Valley Solar Ranch … will help create 15 permanent jobs … the equivalent of $80 million in taxpayer money for each job.”
Reuters reports that “an Obama administration appointee at the U.S. Energy Department pressed White House analysts to sign off on the $535 million loan to Solyndra even though his wife worked for the failed solar panel maker’s law firm, according to internal emails made public on Friday. The revelation adds new drama to a political battle over the administration’s backing for Solyndra, which has filed for bankruptcy and has been raided by the FBI. The newly disclosed emails reveal ‘a disturbingly close relationship’ between the White House, campaign donors and wealthy investors relating to Solyndra, a senior congressional Republican said.”
Even worse, is the fact that the DOE gave “priority status to private investors regarding the first $75 million recovered in the event of Solyndra’s liquidation.”
In other words, the American taxpayer was cheated twice, while private firms with deep financial ties to Obama and the Democrat party recouped their investments!
As taxpayers who have just been bilked out of $4.5 billion, we deserve honesty, transparency and accountability. We cannot allow this assault on the American taxpayer by the President of the United States and the Department of Energy to simply go away!
Posted by FactReal on January 25, 2012
|As Heritage indicates, Obama has been very busy “blocking energy-related jobs from reliable and affordable energy sources while handing taxpayer money to producers of unreliable and costly alternative energy whose “green jobs” are a fallacy.”
Here are just some examples of Obama’s destructive decisions:
|● Obama rejected the permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline:|
|The project would create thousands of jobs, secure energy supply, and lower energy prices:
|● Obama is delaying drilling in the Gulf by approving only 35% of the plans instead of the historical average 73.4%:
● Obama gave a $535 million taxpayer-funded loan guarantee to Solyndra, the solar power company that went bankrupt last summer, leaving about 1,100 people out of work.
● Obama’s other Solyndras: 12 clean energy companies are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance.