other federal, state, and local agencies. Program advisory committees, made up of subject matter experts (from universities, DOI, and other agencies), were established for each program category to assist the program category managers in the review of research plans and proposals.
Funding for the CESI program is provided through an annual DOI budgeting process (details on CESI financial resources are provided in Chapter 4). The CESI manager submits an annual budget request after consultation with program category managers, the executive director of the SFERTF, and the Science Coordination Team (SCT). The budget consultation process is intended to provide the CESI manager with current information on restoration activities, scientific information needs, and research priorities.
After the annual CESI budget is approved by Congress, the CESI manager evaluates the program objectives in light of funding availability. Priority objectives for individual CESI program categories are developed in consultation with the program category managers, the program advisory committees, the SCT, and the executive director of the SFERTF (Figure 3–2). The CESI manager then determines final allocations for each of the program categories with advice from the executive director of the SFERTF, in order to coordinate the program funding with science budgets of other agencies (SFERTF, 2002). Based on these determined priorities and available funding, managers develop or revise long-term