The Federal Role
The PATH program is managed by HUD. Leadership of the overall policy direction for PATH is provided by HUD and DOE in cooperation with the PATH Interagency Council (PIC), composed of senior representatives from DOE, HUD, EPA, FEMA, DOC, and USDA. The PATH Director serves as executive secretary to PIC, which meets quarterly, beginning in November 1998. The purpose of the PIC is to provide Federal policy guidance; to monitor PATH progress, including individual agency contributions to PATH; and to identify targets of opportunity for participation by principals.
In addition to PIC, a Federal agency working group -- with representatives from all the Federal agencies participating in PATH -- has been established to facilitate day-to-day coordination of Federal activities pertaining to the program. The working group supports PIC in developing policy guidance for PATH, identifies individual agency contributions to PATH, establishes Federal agency technical assistance teams for specific PATH projects, and promotes PATH goals and initiatives within individual agencies. The Federal agency working group meets monthly and functions as a task force of the Construction and Building Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council, under the overall direction of the PATH Director. Secretariat duties for the working group are provided by the Secretariat for the Construction and Building Subcommittee.