March Recreation Exchange

MARCH 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Marcus Peacock
Associate Director, Natural Resources
Office of Management and Budget

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 10, 2005, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

COST: $50 per person for non-Recreation Exchange subscribers

RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, March 8 (202-682-9530) or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

The American Recreation Coalition is pleased to welcome Marcus Peacock, Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Natural Resource Programs, as our special guest at the March Recreation Exchange. Mr. Peacock is responsible for reviewing policy and budgetary decisions regarding federal land-management, environmental, energy, and science issues. His portfolio – representing nearly $200 billion in annual federal spending – includes programs run by more than a dozen agencies, including those within the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Interior. In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Director, Mr. Peacock is also responsible for implementing a government-wide initiative integrating performance measures and budgeting.

Before joining OMB in 2001, Mr. Peacock was the staff director of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was responsible for environmental and water resource issues. Mr. Peacock has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a 20-year Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.

In February 2004, Mr. Peacock joined us to discuss broad goals and OMB's aggressive efforts to measure the performance of various programs and agencies. Key to these efforts are Program Assessment Rating Tools (PART). Background on PART can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/part/2004_faq.html. On March 10th, we expect him to discuss progress in developing measurement criteria and thereafter measuring results, and how recreation interests can play a role in both efforts.

Appearing at the Exchange with Mr. Peacock will be two key Program Examiners in OMB's Natural Resource Programs office -- Craig Crutchfield (National Park Service) and John Pasquantino (Forest Service) – who will discuss more specific budgetary and performance issues at these agencies.

Please call us at 202-682-9530 or send an e-mail to rsvp@funoutdoors.com by noon on March 8th to let us know your plans.

This event is open to Recreation Exchange Subscribers, ARC members and guests.