Meeting Standards

Meeting Purpose

The primary purpose of any NWCG meeting is to enable the entity that is conducting the meeting to make decisions and direct actions that help accomplish the NWCG mission.

Attendance

Primary members should attend all meetings. Those unable to attend should ensure that their organization (or business area) is represented with an alternate participant who is fully briefed and has decision-making authority on behalf of the absentee member.

Non-members may be invited to participate when their expertise is needed.

Contractors and non-government organization (NGO) representatives may not serve as alternate representatives of government agencies.

Quorum

A minimum of two-thirds of the NWCG primary members constitutes a quorum. A quorum is required to make decisions and/or direct actions.

Cost Effectiveness

Committee leaders must ensure that meetings are sensible, justifiable, efficient, and effective. Tools such as teleconferencing may diminish the need for face-to-face meetings.

Frequency

Meeting frequency will be determined based on purpose and need.  A means to participate remotely should be provided for members unable to attend in person.

Location

The selection of meeting locations should be based on the following criteria:

  • Participation: Achieving maximum membership participation
  • Convenience: Easy access to airports, hotels, meeting rooms, etc.
  • Cost: Most reasonable based on total travel costs.
  • Purpose: Considerations such as distributing host agency workload, conducting site visits pertinent to the meeting, and coordination with other stakeholder entities may influence location decisions; this must be done with discretion and good judgment, keeping cost considerations in mind.

Minutes, Notes, Records

Meeting leaders should ensure that notes/minutes are taken during each meeting.  Minutes must include: 1) date, time, and location; 2) names of attendees; 3) main topics of discussion; 4) decisions made; 5) action items assigned.

Meeting minutes, agendas and attached documentation are considered records.  NWCG records management procedures must be followed for appropriate creation, maintenance, and disposition of electronic and hardcopy meeting records.

Additionally, completed minutes must be emailed to BLM_FA_NWCG_Webmaster@blm.gov for posting to the NWCG website.

Last modified: 
2016-06-08