On March 29, 2017, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke signed the Charter (see charter) establishing a Royalty Policy Committee. This Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) is a discretionary committee established under the authority of the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) and regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The purpose of this FACA is to ensure that the public has knowledge of and an opportunity to participate in meetings between Federal agencies and groups that an agency either has established, or manages and controls for the purpose of obtaining group advice and recommendations regarding the agency’s operations or activities. To find out more about FACA click here.
The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary, through the Committee Chairman, Vincent DeVito.
Federal Members: The Secretary appointed the following officials as nonvoting, ex-officio members of the Committee:
Non-Federal Members: The Secretary appointed members in the following categories:
The duties of the Committee are solely advisory in nature. The Committee advises on current and emerging issues related to the determination of fair market value, and the collection of revenue from energy and mineral resources on Federal and Indian lands. At the request of the Executive Director (Designated Federal Officer), the Committee also will advise on the potential impacts of proposed policies and regulations, including whether a need exists for regulatory reform.
About Chairman DeVito
Mr. DeVito is the Counselor for Energy Policy to the Secretary of the Interior. Mr. DeVito is tasked with advancing the administration's goal of American energy dominance. Previously, Mr. DeVito was a Capital Partner at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP in Boston with a corporate, regulatory, and, government affairs practice. Mr. DeVito is a licensed member of the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. Additionally, Mr. DeVito has held several senior leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and within state energy offices.