The US establishes its national EITI Oversight Group

The US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the founding of their national EITI MSG.

The US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on 26 July 2012 the founding of their national EITI multi-stakeholder group (MSG) to oversee implementation and is now seeking nominations for the group.

The design of each country’s EITI framework is developed by its national MSG comprised of representatives from the government, civil society and companies.

In his announcement, Salazar confirmed that the US is dedicated to the global transparency standard:

“The United States is fully committed to leading the charge and helping to secure concrete commitments from governments around the globe to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that make government more open, effective and accountable when it comes to developing energy resources,” Salazar said.

“This transparency initiative will also help to ensure that American taxpayers receive every dollar due for the extraction of these valuable public resources,” he added.

EITI Chair Clare Short welcomed the announcement.

Following President Obama’s commitment last year to implement the EITI, I’m pleased that the Department of Interior has advanced the process and established the country’s multi-stakeholder group,” Ms Short said.

The USEITI MSG will be convened as a new federal advisory group established under the US Federal Advisory Committee Act. The committee will consist of approximately 21 members to represent a range of interests concerned with the implementation of USEITI. Members will include non-federal representatives from the extractive industry and the public, and may ultimately include representatives from state, local, and/or tribal governments.

Nominations for membership on the committee must be received by 27 August 2012. Information about how to apply can be found in the original announcement.

Picture courtesy of US Department of the Interior