The SC2 teams’ work was originally overseen by members of the DPC. This responsibility was transitioned to the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2 Council) when it was formed in 2012.17
The overall structure of the pilot consisted of the SC2 teams, each of which included a team lead and broader membership, the SC2 Council, and participating agencies’ points of contact (POC), which acted as liaisons between the SC2 Council, the agencies’ team members, and agency leadership. Exhibit 4 displays the organization of the SC2 pilot.
In addition to implementing activities in pilot cities, key actors in the pilot played several roles:
- SC2 team leads were responsible for communicating with the SC2 Council about their team’s progress in implementing the SC2 team work plan, about policy or regulatory barriers cities were facing that partner federal agencies might be able to resolve, and for reporting on achievements and lessons learned in pilot cities. SC2 team leads also worked with individual team members to focus their implementation efforts, to facilitate relationships between team members and city stakeholders, and to identify and resolve barriers to progress.
- Individual team members worked with their respective agency POCs to define the scope of their assignment to pilot cities, to secure agency resources for the engagement (such as travel funds or time allocated to the pilot), to report on progress made during the pilot, and, when necessary, to obtain resources for their pilot city above and beyond what the team member could provide without assistance from more senior agency staff (for example, information about a specific policy or an answer to a question that the team member could not address).
- Each agency designated one or two individuals to serve as a liaison or point of contact between the team members and the broader agency and between the agency and the SC2 Council. The roles of the POCs varied across participating agencies but in general included helping team members define the scope of their assignment and assisting with challenges that arose during implementation. Additionally, some POCs directed team members to additional agency resources required for the implementation, and captured learnings about the pilot from team members to share with the SC2 Council and others at the agency.
Exhibit 4: Organization of the SC2 Pilot
17 The SC2 Council works to “facilitate greater alignment between agencies to ensure communities have access to comprehensive, localized technical assistance and planning resources, and provides policy recommendations to the President and his Administration based on lessons learned through work on the ground in communities.” White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, Strong Cities, Strong Communities First Annual Report, April 2013, p. 6.