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This memorandum, dated 16 March 2016, states that "It is the policy of the Federal Government to coordinate and use applicable Federal investments, assets, and expertise to promote drought resilience and complement drought preparedness, planning, and implementation efforts of State, regional, tribal, and local institutions. In addition, where appropriate, the Federal Government shall seek partnerships with such institutions and the private sector in order to increase and diversify our Nation's water resources through the development and deployment of new technologies and improved access to alternative water supplies." The memorandum also encourages Federal agencies to implement policies and take actions to achieve drought resilience goals including supporting efforts to conserve and make efficient use of water by carrying out relevant research, innovation, and international engagements.

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