Report to Government Oversight Committee Regrading Soil and Water Conservation Districts Competition with Small Business, 2006

(2006) Report to Government Oversight Committee Regrading Soil and Water Conservation Districts Competition with Small Business, 2006. Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman

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At the request of the Government Oversight Committee, the Ombudsman gathered information regarding competition by county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) with small business through the sale of products and services. The goal of the Ombudsman’s review was to assist the Government Oversight Committee (Committee) in gaining an objective understanding of the issues so the Committee can ascertain whether there is a problem that requires legislation this legislative session. The Ombudsman focused on gathering specific information from four SWCD offices in central Iowa; Dallas, Greene, Guthrie and Jasper. These offices were specifically identified in documentation presented to the Government Oversight Committee by affected small business owners (contractors), Jon Judson of Diversity Farms and Dan Brouse of Iowa Restorations. However, with 100 SWCDs in Iowa,1 each with their own elected commissioners and each with different practices, priorities and fundraising activities, what the Ombudsman learned about these four counties may not be applicable to all the SWCDs in Iowa. The Ombudsman assigned the case to the Assistant Citizens’ Aide/Ombudsman for Small Business, Kristie Hirschman. For reference purposes in this report, actions taken by Ms. Hirschman will be ascribed to the Ombudsman.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Oversight Committee, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Small Business
Subjects: Natural resources and environment
Natural resources and environment > Environmental laws and regulations
ID Code: 4620
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2007
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/4620

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