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Thursday, July 28, 2011

March 2, 2007, e-mail from Richard Hannan, Acting Alaska Regional Director to Alaska Region staff

[March 2, 2007, email from Richard Hannan, Acting Alaska Regional Director to Alaska 
Region staff] 

Please be advised that all foreign travel requests (SF 1175 requests) and any future travel 
requests involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice, and/or polar bears
will also require a memorandum from the Regional Director to the Director indicating 
who'll be the official spokesman on the trip and the one responding to questions on these 
issues, particularly polar bears, including a statement of assurance that these individuals 
understand the Administration's position on these issues.

Below are copies of two memorandums we recently prepared. The first example (FT 
Hohn) would be an example you could use for someone traveling to a region where these 
items could be a potential discussion item. The second example (FT Approval Perham) is 
an example of a justification we recently prepared where the traveler who will 
specifically be dealing with these issues. Please note you will need these 
memo's/justifications for all trips to areas where these could be discussion items (i.e., 
Canada, Russia, Norway, any northern country). 

Please ensure any foreign travel requests coming forward that pertain to these issues, or 
traveling to these potential areas, have this memorandum in the package. Thanks!

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