Key Messages:

The Strategic Plan and/or the Implementation Plan to follow should establish clear processes for setting priorities and phasing in and out elements of the Program, especially in relation to the planned broadening of its scope. The Program should employ iterative processes for periodically evaluating and updating the Program and its priorities, including processes for consultation with decision makers inside and outside the federal government, regarding the scientific knowledge about global change that would provide the greatest value for them.

The USGCRP needs an overall governance structure with responsibility and resources to broaden the Program in the directions outlined in the Plan, including the ability to compel reallocation of funds to serve the Program’s overarching and long-term priorities. Without such a governance structure, the likely evolution of the Program will be business as usual: a compilation of program elements that derive from each member agency’s individual priorities.

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