Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization

Updated: May 8, 2018

Congress passed 2018 spending bill P.L. 115-141 that included reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program. SRS payments to states will resume, including payments to states for FY17.

The Forest Service has released FY17 payments to states. To access SRS funding reports from previous fiscal years, please click here

 

Guidance on Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Operations

  • RAC member recruitment can commence for RACs with members who have reached the end of their 4 year term and as a result no longer have quorum.
  • Previously appointed RAC members may resume all activities on their RAC unless they have reached the end of their 4 year term. RAC member terms limits were not extended by the reauthorization.
  • RAC members may be reappointed by the Secretary for an additional 4 year term provided members have not exceeded their term limits (maximum of 8 years). According to the authority members are appointed for 4 years, and may be reappointed for 4 additional years upon approval of the Secretary.
  • The national RAC charter expires on June 21, 2018. If a RAC has quorum it can begin to schedule meetings as soon as possible. After June 21, 2018, RAC meetings will be on hold until the charter is renewed, after which RACs can meet again. The Forest Service is working on the process for charter reauthorization.
  • Under P.L. 115-141, RACs now have the authority to initiate Title II projects through September 30, 2020 using any Title II funds that were allocated under the previous authorization, or that will be allocated under this reauthorization. Title II project funds must be obligated by September 30, 2021.

Secure Rural Schools (SRS) website based database

The Forest Service SRS Title II database can now be found at the following link.