Alternative worktops. Departments and agencies have the flexibility to approve a large number of work plans for workers who wish to volunteer during normal working hours. Background: This document contains information on a new inter-institutional form, «Volunteer Services Agreement Form for Natural Resources Agencies – for Individuals or Groups» (optional Form 301a), which replaces the volunteer agreement BlM 1114-4 (individual) and 1114-5 (group). It was developed by the Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism (FITV) to standardize volunteer programs between agencies and reduce red tape. Volunteer coordinators are also reminded of their responsibility in registering volunteers. The new form will be gradually introduced over time. It should be used immediately for all new volunteers. For current volunteers, volunteer coordinators can simply renew the existing Form 1114-4 or 1114-5 by numbering it for the new year and having all revisions by the Agency representative and volunteers, and then signing and dating it. 12/12/2020 – In January 2020, the FWS announced the opening of a public statement on a proposed regulation to codify a new reception policy in accordance with the Migratory Birds Treaty Act (MBTA).
As a result of the proposed amendment, it is no longer considered an MBTA violation. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) accused the FWS of bias in the announcement and said it had «distorted the rule-making process.» . because the proposal contained 28 comments, all of which were in favour of the new rule and not those who opposed it. A copy of the FWS press release is available at www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=u.s.-fish-and-wildlife-service-solicits-public-input-on-proposed-rule-and-&_ID=36517. For more information on the proposed rule, scoping and other related materials, see fws.gov/migratorybirds/2020Regulation.php. The deadline for notices of the proposed amendment was March 19, 2020. On June 5, 2020, the FWS developed and issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed rule change, which could be the subject of public comment until July 20, 2020. On August 11, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rescinded a December 2017 Department of the Interior legal opinion that amended the department`s official MBTA policy to exclude any incidental takings in violation of the law (see www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/court-rejects-trump-administration-s-57819/).