NB_280_21_1 - NB 280-21-1 INC – Meeting with Foreign Visitors
NB 280-21-1 INC – Meeting with Foreign Visitors
National Bulletin: 280-21-1 Date: October 9, 2020
Subject: INC – Meeting with Foreign Visitors

Purpose.  To inform NRCS employees of the protocol for meetings with foreign visitors.
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
Background.  NRCS is recognized as a world leader in natural resource conservation. NRCS employees strive to share knowledge of natural resources conservation with people from other countries and to collaborate in efforts that will benefit NRCS and our foreign partners. Therefore, the agency receives requests for NRCS specialists to meet with visitors from other countries to learn about NRCS programs and policies.

The International Programs Division (IPD) has overall responsibility on behalf of the agency to coordinate meetings with foreign visitors and to ensure that staff meeting with foreign visitors have been properly vetted. Due to COVID-19, many foreign visitor meetings have pivoted from face-to-face meetings to virtual meetings.

Explanation.  NRCS receives requests for meetings with foreign visitors and foreign delegations from State agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and other Federal agencies. NRCS State Offices, National Centers, NHQ Divisions/organizational units are asked to inform IPD of all requests for meetings with foreign visitors. When the request is from a non-Federal source, IPD will contact the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for approval. If FAS approves the request, IPD will provide guidance for the meeting.

IPD tracks foreign visitors’ meetings including country, topic of interest, number of foreign visitors in meeting, and number of NRCS employees presenting information. The information is used in IPD Newsletters and agency Annual Report of accomplishments.

Contact.  If further information is needed, please contact Doug Curtis, program analyst, at Paul.Curtis@usda.gov or (202) 853-4283.




Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy

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