[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 114 (Tuesday, June 14, 2011)]
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Vol. 76


No. 114

June 14, 2011

Part III

The President


Executive Order 13575--Establishment of the White House Rural Council

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                Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011

Establishment of the White House Rural Council

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America and in order to enhance Federal engagement with 
                rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American 
                population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable 
                rural communities are essential to winning the future 
                and ensuring American competitiveness in the years 
                ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and 
                energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are 
                essential in the development of science and innovation. 
                Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they 
                also present enormous economic potential. The Federal 
                Government has an important role to play in order to 
                expand access to the capital necessary for economic 
                growth, promote innovation, improve access to health 
                care and education, and expand outdoor recreational 
                activities on public lands.

                To enhance the Federal Government's efforts to address 
                the needs of rural America, this order establishes a 
                council to better coordinate Federal programs and 
                maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote 
                economic prosperity and quality of life in our rural 

                Sec. 2. Establishment. There is established a White 
                House Rural Council (Council).

                Sec. 3. Membership. (a) The Secretary of Agriculture 
                shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall 
                also include the heads of the following executive 
                branch departments, agencies, and offices:

(1) the Department of the Treasury;

(2) the Department of Defense;

(3) the Department of Justice;

(4) the Department of the Interior;

(5) the Department of Commerce;

(6) the Department of Labor;

(7) the Department of Health and Human Services;

(8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;

(9) the Department of Transportation;

(10) the Department of Energy;

(11) the Department of Education;

(12) the Department of Veterans Affairs;

(13) the Department of Homeland Security;

(14) the Environmental Protection Agency;

(15) the Federal Communications Commission;

(16) the Office of Management and Budget;

(17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

(18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy;

(19) the Council of Economic Advisers;

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(20) the Domestic Policy Council;

(21) the National Economic Council;

(22) the Small Business Administration;

(23) the Council on Environmental Quality;

(24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental 

(25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive 
branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or the Secretary 
of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate.

                    (b) A member of the Council may designate, to 
                perform the Council functions of the member, a senior-
                level official who is part of the member's department, 
                agency, or office, and who is a full-time officer or 
                employee of the Federal Government.
                    (c) The Department of Agriculture shall provide 
                funding and administrative support for the Council to 
                the extent permitted by law and within existing 
                    (d) The Council shall coordinate its policy 
                development through the Domestic Policy Council and the 
                National Economic Council.

                Sec. 4. Mission and Function of the Council. The 
                Council shall work across executive departments, 
                agencies, and offices to coordinate development of 
                policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity 
                and quality of life in rural America, and shall 
                coordinate my Administration's engagement with rural 
                communities. The Council shall:

                    (a) make recommendations to the President, through 
                the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the 
                Director of the National Economic Council, on 
                streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in 
                rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact 
                of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to 
                improve the quality of life in rural America;
                    (b) coordinate and increase the effectiveness of 
                Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including 
                agricultural organizations, small businesses, education 
                and training institutions, health-care providers, 
                telecommunications services providers, research and 
                land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, 
                and tribal governments, and nongovernmental 
                organizations regarding the needs of rural America;
                    (c) coordinate Federal efforts directed toward the 
                growth and development of geographic regions that 
                encompass both urban and rural areas; and
                    (d) identify and facilitate rural economic 
                opportunities associated with energy development, 
                outdoor recreation, and other conservation related 

                Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) The heads of executive 
                departments and agencies shall assist and provide 
                information to the Council, consistent with applicable 
                law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of 
                the Council. Each executive department and agency shall 
                bear its own expense for participating in the Council.

                    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to 
                impair or otherwise affect:

  (i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the 
head thereof; or

  (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

                    (c) This order shall be implemented consistent with 
                applicable law and subject to the availability of 

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                    (d) This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or 
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
                other person.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    June 9, 2011.

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