National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Business Advisor

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The Incident Business Advisor (INBA) is responsible for ensuring incident business management practices are followed according to National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) guidelines and agency policy. An INBA reports to the Agency Administrator. The INBA works in the Finance/Administration functional area.

The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to

Jan 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2014

Position created.

The IBA1 and IBA2 positions have been combined to form the Incident Business Advisor (INBA) position. The associated transition plan and position task book are available on the NWCG web site.


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