|Draft groundrules for
the USIJI were published for public comment in the Federal Register
on December 17, 1993. The final groundrules, including a discussion
of the specific comments received, were published by the U.S. State Department
in a Federal Register notice on June 1, 1994. The final groundrules
established an Evaluation Panel to decide which proposed projects qualify
for USIJI status.
The Evaluation Panel is an independent
technical review body composed of representatives from the supporting federal
agencies (USAID, USDA, DOC, DOE, DOI, DOS, DOT, and EPA). The Evaluation
Panel makes final decisions regarding project qualification for USIJI status.
The Evaluation Panel has the discretion to approve operational protocols
and methodologies and preliminary evaluation criteria.
The USIJI Secretariat supports the
Evaluation Panel in the day-to-day operation of the program, including
the solicitation, receipt, and review of project applications.
An Interagency Work Group chaired
by the U.S. State Department is responsible for overall policy development
on joint implementation, decisions on amendments to program groundrules,
and formulation of the international strategy for promoting joint implementation.