New! Resolution Review
Resolutions are a key output of the USAHA committee process. USAHA resolutions are not policy setting but instead make specific requests, often of federal or state agencies, to take a specific action or respond with information.
Increasing the effectiveness of resolutions is one of the goals of the 2021-25 strategic plan. A dashboard was previously developed and is available on the USAHA website so that members and stakeholders can track the progress of resolutions. During the 2021 annual meeting, the Board of Directors approved a process to review resolutions every three years. This process will begin at this year's annual meeting with a review of resolutions passed at the 2019 Annual Meeting. In addition to current resolution work, each committee will review resolutions that originated from that committee in 2019.
When reviewing 2019 resolutions, committees should consider:
· Has the desired outcome of the resolution been met? For example, did the agency respond with the information or action requested by the resolution? If so, the resolution can be moved to “inactive status”.
· Has the subject of a resolution expired? For example, did the resolution pertain to a time-specific request that has now passed? If so, it should be moved to inactive status.
If a past resolution is still relevant, timely, and necessary, but the desired outcome has not yet been achieved, committees should consider how the language of the resolution might be modified to bring about the desired outcome.
· Right target?
· Narrow scope?
· Restricted time frame?
Through this process resolutions that have not been effective in meeting desired outcomes will be reconsidered through the committee’s deliberative business meeting and passed or defeated in the same manner as current resolutions are handled. The goal is to keep resolutions current and maximize the effectiveness of our organization. Best wishes to all as we undertake this new process!