RACs are back in business, sort of, until September 30, 2012
In a June 7, 2012 decision memo the Secretary of Agriculture reestablished the Secure Rural Schools Act resource advisory committees (RACs) by approving the charter, the addendum listing the committees and a membership balance plan. Lots of background information is available here.
Since October 2011 the six Secure Rural School RACs in Idaho have not operated because their authorization had expired and a new Charter had not yet been approved by the Secretary of Agriculture. Idaho RACs had completed their work by the September 30, 2011 deadline where they made recommendations on projects to use Title II funds.
For the period Sept. 30, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 RACs have authority to meet and monitor the implementation of the Title II-funded projects. But without the Charter being renewed the RAC could not even meet to have field trips to inspect Title II projects and to interact with one another. With the Charter in place there may be some RACs in Idaho planning a monitoring and inspection event. We will provide information when we hear of such meetings.