Department of the Interior Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011 - 2016 This Plan presents a new vision for the Department and its bureaus and offices, and incorporates input from tribes, Congress, Federal employees, citizens, and organizations. It is the framework that the Department will use to focus the efforts of its bureaus and offices over the next five years on a set of strategic goals. It will also guide investments and the allocation of resources and help to integrate and align responsibilities across multiple bureaus and offices. The Plan is a tool that the Department will use in the prioritization of activities and to improve communication and collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders. In accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan is updated from the prior plan (FY 2007 - 2012). It includes a simpler and more strategic set of goals and strategies and more finite and focused performance measures. The Plan demonstrates the importance and relevance of the Department to the Nation and the American people. Five mission areas capture the Department's overarching mission for stewardship of America's natural resources and America's heritage. Department of the Interior DOI _fc11242b-3a24-44f3-98c7-196093e5ce50 Ken Salazar Secretary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) * Manages and conserves resources for multiple use and sustained yield on approximately 253 million acres of public land, including the following: - Renewable and conventional energy and mineral development - Forestry management, timber and biomass production - Wild Horse and Burro management - Domestic livestock grazing - Recreation and resource protection at sites of natural, scenic, scientific, and historical value including the National Landscape Conservation System Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) * Manages access to renewable and conventional energy resources of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) * Administers over 7,600 active fluid mineral leases on approximately 41 million OCS acres * Oversees 15 percent of the natural gas and 27 percent of the oil produced domestically * Oversees lease and grant issuance for off shore renewable energy projects * Promotes and enforces safety in off shore energy exploration and production operations and assures that potential negative environmental and other impacts on marine ecosystems and coastal communities are appropriately considered and mitigated Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) * Protects the environment during coal mining through Federal programs, grants to states and tribes, and oversight activities * Ensures the land is reclaimed afterwards * Mitigates the effects of past mining by pursuing reclamation of abandoned coal mine lands U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) * Conducts reliable scientific research in ecosystems, climate and land use change, mineral assessments, environmental health, and water resources to inform effective decision making and planning * Produces information to increase understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides * Conducts research on oil, gas, and alternative energy potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects * Leads the effort on climate change science research for the Department * Provides ready access to natural science information that supports smart decisions about how to respond to natural risks and manage natural resources Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) * Manages, develops, and protects water resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner * Largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states * Manages 476 dams and 348 reservoirs * Delivers water to 1 in every 5 western farmers and over 31 million people * America's second largest producer of hydroelectric power Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) * Manages the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System primarily for the benefit of fish and wildlife * Manages 70 fish hatcheries and other related facilities for endangered species recovery and to restore native fisheries populations * Protects and conserves: - Migratory birds - Threatened and endangered species - Certain marine mammals * Hosts about 42 million visitors annually at 552 refuges located in all 50 states and 37 wetland management districts National Park Service (NPS) * Maintains and manages a network of 394 natural, cultural, and recreational sites for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people * Manages and protects over 28,000 historic structures, over 52 million acres of designated wilderness, and a wide range of museum collections and cultural and natural landscapes * Provides outdoor recreation to over 285 million annual park visitors * Provides technical assistance and support to state and local natural and cultural resource sites and programs, and fulfills responsibilities under the National Historical Preservation Act Indian Affairs (IA) * Fulfills Indian trust responsibilities * Promotes self-determination on behalf of 565 federally recognized Indian tribes * Funds compact and contracts to support education, law enforcement, and social service programs that are delivered by tribes * Operates 183 elementary and secondary schools and dormitories, providing educational services to 42,000 students in 23 states * Supports 30 tribally controlled community colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools DOI Offices Departmental Offices: * Policy, Management and Budget provides leadership and support for the following: - Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition - Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management - Natural Resources Revenue Management - Human Capital and Diversity - Technology, Information and Business Services - Youth, Partnerships and Service - Policy Analysis - International Affairs - Natural Resource Damage Assessment - Wildland Fire Management * Office of Inspector General * Office of the Solicitor * Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians * Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs and the Office of Insular Affairs * Central Utah Project Completion Act _e286ac34-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. _e286b120-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 Ethical Standards Ensuring High Ethical Standards -- Key to maintaining public trust and confidence in the integrity of government is adherence to high ethical standards and ensuring that government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. The Department will embody this principle and will follow the law and hold people accountable. Accountability is a key theme - we expect to be held accountable. Interior will not tolerate the types of lapses that detract and distract from the good, honest service to the American people that this Department provides every day. The Department's decisions will be based on sound science and the best interest of the public. The Department will promote and support transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Inclusiveness Make Interior the Best and Most Inclusive Place to Work in America -- The Department's workforce should be reflective of the Nation's diversity of cultures and talents. The Department will foster an environment that is open and accepting of individual differences and that encourages employees to maximize their potential and to exhibit a commitment to provide quality service. The Department will confront challenges to ensure that policies, practices, and systems do not benefit any one group over another and that the differences that each employee brings to the Department are respected and can enhance the organization's capacity, service, and adaptability. Diversity Financial Integrity Financial Integrity and Transparency -- The Department will uphold its responsibilities for effective fi nancial operations and accountability including high quality and timely reporting, robust internal controls, clean audits without material weaknesses, and effective follow-up on audit and internal control findings. Interior will effectively utilize the Financial and Business Management System, optimizing functionality and minimizing risk, to consistently and efficiently manage the execution of budgets, reconcile budgetary and financial information, and maintain accountability for resources. Throughout these processes, transparency will be a core value. In conjunction with the Strategic Plan and Priority Goals, the Department will utilize budgetary, financial, and performance information to ensure high performing programs and cost effective and efficient program delivery. Transparency Safety Safety, Security, and Preparedness -- One of the Department's top priorities is safety, security, and preparedness. Interior will uphold its responsibilities for protecting, lives, resources, and property through a wide variety of program areas, including law enforcement, health and safety, security, and emergency management. Interior has the third largest contingent of Federal law enforcement offi cers in the Executive Branch. These 3,500 offi cers patrol vast acres of public lands, national parks, wildlife refuges, and Indian communities and protect natural, cultural, and heritage resources from illegal activities. The Department is responsible for protecting critical infrastructure including dams and national monuments, and icons. The Department also coordinates with law enforcement partners to assist in the protection of assets that Interior does not own including infrastructure in the Outer Continental Shelf, the Trans-Alaska pipeline, and gas transmission lines. Lastly, the Department supports the National Response Framework and other requirements maintaining a robust capability to monitor, respond to, and recover from human-caused and natural catastrophic disasters and other emergencies. The Department's all-hazards preparedness and recovery programs ensure that employees are trained and equipped to respond and provide assistance to communities, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide leadership in restoration activities. Security Preparedness Small Businesses Promoting Small and Disadvantaged Business -- The Department promotes the use of small and disadvantaged businesses in its execution of a $2.7 billion annual portfolio of contracting and as a result is able to contract with small business for over 50 percent of this amount. The Department's program managers, acquisition specialists, and small business advocates promote the use of small businesses; conduct outreach with small businesses to inform them of upcoming contracting opportunities; and provide advice and counseling about the contracting process. Disadvantaged Businesses Indian Cultures Respect Indian Cultures -- The Department's new Strategic Plan recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship with tribes with the creation of a new mission goal to focus on Indian-related issues and programs. The Department will continue to encourage tribal management of resources and self-determination; consultation and support for effective management of the tribal trust; and the need to uphold commitments to tribes and Indian communities. Building cooperation will be an important aspect of these principles, including respect for Indian cultures of the 565 Indian tribes, the importance of the subsistence lifestyle practiced by Indians, and the need to consider and incorporate traditional knowledge in decision making. Consultation is a key component of respecting Indian cultures and supporting the government-to-government relationship. The Department upholds the President's Executive Order 13175 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. All of the Department's bureaus and offices will operate under a policy consistent with the Executive Order that considers the impacts of policies, processes, rulemaking, and legislation regarding tribes and tribal communities. Implementation of a robust policy will strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribes and help to achieve the Strategic Plan goal. Respect Native Hawaiian Communities Empowering Native Hawaiian Communities -- For almost 100 years the Department has been involved in Native Hawaiian issues. Two Public Laws, 108-199 and 104-42, shape the Department's relationship with Native Hawaiians and Hawaiian matters, which are coordinated by the Office of Hawaiian Relations. Interior upholds principles that are relevant to Hawaii in three areas: preservation of Native Hawaiian culture and cultural resources; support for self-governance and self-determination; and promotion of homestead opportunities, economic self-sufficiency, and social well being. Empowerment Engagement International Engagement and Leadership -- Interior participates in the United States' eff orts to address climate change; protect biodiversity; sustainably manage energy, water, and natural resources; empower indigenous communities; protect cultural heritage; and ensure sound science as the basis for decision making. The resources for which Interior is responsible cross jurisdictional boundaries and Interior is a key player in the international community confronting the exploitation of natural resources, trade in wildlife, spread of invasive species, and in a multiplicity of scientific issues. The Department is committed to maintaining its relevance and will engage in international efforts as a core mission responsibility, consistent with its unique expertise and mandate. Leadership Natural & Cultural Resources Provide Natural and Cultural Resource Protection and Experiences _e286b332-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 MISSION AREA 1 Since its inception in 1849, the Department's resource protection and recreation management responsibilities have grown dramatically: lands have been added to the stewardship inventory, the complexity of managing lands has increased, and the number of people visiting recreational areas has grown. The Department is committed to stewardship of the Nation's natural and cultural resources - America's Great Outdoors. Landscapes Protect America's Landscapes _e286b490-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 1.1 GOAL #1 - Protect America's Landscapes: We will ensure that America's natural endowment - America's Great Outdoors - is protected for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. We will maintain the condition of lands and waters that are healthy, and we will restore the integrity of natural areas that have been damaged. We will strive to retain abundant and sustainable habitat for our diverse fish and wildlife resources, and we will reduce or eliminate threats to at-risk plant and animal species. db7fa0dc-25d0-4fe8-b19d-f74f22fcef44 Land & Water Health Improve land and water health by managing the wetlands, uplands, and riparian areas that comprise our national parks, wildlife refuges, and BLM lands. _e286b6ca-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.1.1 Bureau of Land Management Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation are stewards of the lands and waters managed by the Department. These bureaus maintain and restore uplands, wetlands, and streams through eff orts that include controlling invasive plants and animals, restoring land to a condition that is self-sustaining, and ensuring that habitats support healthy fi sh and wildlife populations. Annually, bureaus administer resource protection programs on more than 400 million acres of upland, wetland, and aquatic lands within their jurisdiction. Many of these lands have special status as national parks, seashores, monuments, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, or wild and scenic rivers. They are protected because of their important and often unique ecological characteristics, physical geography, or historical features. The Department also works in partnership with others by providing and leveraging resources for conservation activities on non-Federal lands 97321201-4a52-4744-a782-a2352a50558a CLIMATE CHANGE By the end of 2012, for 50 percent of the Nation, the Department will identify resources that are particularly vulnerable to climate change and implement coordinated adaptation response actions. _e286b878-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 PRIORITY GOAL 1.1.1 The Department will develop the means by which better coordinated science-based decisions can be made for managing our natural resources using climate science centers and multi-bureau conservation cooperatives across the country. These centers will develop and deploy adaptation strategies to regional climate change impacts to land, water, fish and wildlife, cultural heritage, and tribal resources. 14d5ca65-d2cc-4d28-bc01-b9a770674c49 Fish, Wildlife & Plant Species Sustain fish, wildlife, and plant species by protecting and recovering the Nation's fish and wildlife in cooperation with partners, including states. _e286b9f4-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.1.2 Fish and Wildlife Service NPS BLM Bureau of Reclamation State Agencies Local Agencies The Fish and Wildlife Service is tasked with the conservation and protection of fi sh, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. FWS conducts these activities in partnership with others along with NPS, BLM, Reclamation, and state and local agencies. The strategy to sustain species focuses on identifying and implementing corrective actions that will lead to species recovery. The Department's responsibility to protect fish, wildlife, and native plants transcends jurisdictional boundaries, and includes efforts that affect almost 1,300 species with special status under the Endangered Species Act and more than 1,000 migratory birds that receive Federal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 19e2d859-c6ab-49f1-8a02-4aa22c0a4733 Cultural & Heritage Resources Protect America's Cultural and Heritage Resources _e286bc38-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 1.2 We will ensure that our Nation's rich cultural heritage and abundant historic and prehistoric resources are preserved for the enjoyment and enlightenment of current and future generations. 23457019-ed49-4d83-8ab5-964f8546a833 Historic Areas & Structures, Archaeological Sites & Museums Protect and maintain the Nation's most important historic areas and structures, archaeological sites, and museum collections. _e286bdfa-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.2.1 The Department maintains over 30,000 historic structures among four bureaus - NPS, BLM, FWS, and BIA. The largest portion of historic structures on DOI lands is found in the National Park System. The Department also protects many of the Nation's most important cultural heritage resources as part of America's Great Outdoors. They range in size from Civil War uniform buttons to the massive granite carvings of Mount Rushmore. The Department is the steward of millions of cultural and natural artifacts including those from the earliest days of settlement to monuments commemorating recent heroic events, such as the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. These treasured collections tell the history of the Nation. They are used by the Department, universities, historians, and others to expand understanding of our culture. They remind us of who we are and where we came from. 247a37f5-9bab-4797-92cc-4a0f3755b40b Recreation & Visitors Provide Recreation and Visitor Experience _e286bf80-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 1.3 We will endeavor to encourage the appreciation and use of our lands by facilitating visitor use and recreational experiences. We will strive to provide visitors with beneficial physical, mental, and social opportunities including those that result from outdoor recreational experiences. f57d7935-2af2-4591-94f7-89f67c28c72e Play, Enlightenment & Inspiration Enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage by creating opportunities for play, enlightenment, and inspiration. _e286c1e2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.3.1 Over 450 million Americans and foreign visitors traverse public lands each year. The bureaus that provide recreational opportunities - BLM, FWS, and NPS - are particularly dedicated to ensuring that visitors have the best possible experiences. In a national dialogue about America's Great Outdoors, citizens reiterated the importance of open spaces and recreation to their quality of life, health, and commitment to conservation. National parks, FWS refuges, and BLM public lands provide recreation experiences that include many forms: camping or hiking; catch and release trout fi shing; canoeing; bird watching; biking, swimming, and many other activities. Many water-related recreational options are also available as a result of Bureau of Reclamation projects. These bureaus make special accommodations to address the need for accessibility to public lands and to better engage underserved communities. 62c00bed-384d-4ba5-a399-7d1edf131a41 Wildland Fire Manage the Impacts of Wildland Fire _e286c3cc-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 1.4 Office of Wildland Fire Coordination The Department's Office of Wildland Fire Coordination organizes the activities of the four bureaus that manage and operate wildland fire programs in coordination with the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service - BLM, FWS, NPS, and BIA. These bureaus deploy strategies to mitigate the effects of wildland fire and restore burned acres, educate communities that are at highest risk from fire by assisting to develop fi re action plans, and respond quickly when fire strikes. Reducing the risk of unplanned wildland fi res depends on our success in building long-term strategic relationships and a cohesive approach with the Forest Service and other Federal organizations, states, tribes, local governments, and citizens. Forest Service BLM FWS NPS BIA States Tribes Local Governments Citizens We will swiftly act to minimize the risk of unwanted wildland fire whenever possible. When unwanted wildfires occur, we will work to control their spread and effects on safety, public and private property, and the environment. c980becc-7c5c-4b86-8410-8217c2f96714 Fire-Adapted Ecosystems Establish fire-adapted ecosystems. _e286c570-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.4.1 Declining vegetative health has contributed to the increasing risk of wildfire which threatens landscapes and communities. Factors contributing to this decline include weather variability, climate change, fire exclusion, spread of insects and diseases and non-native species, changing land use, and fragmentation. In the aggregate, these factors pose a significant challenge to establishing and maintaining healthy, resilient landscapes and communities. A principal mechanism for restoring areas that have become unacceptable wildland fire risks is reducing the types and amounts of fire fuels. One measure of the effectiveness of these treatments is the degree to which a treated area moves toward its historical fi re regime, or condition class. 2f9346bc-a28f-41ec-a246-698d6a54dae3 Communities Adapt communities to wildfires. _e286c7e6-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.4.2 Forest Service Federal Governments State Governments Local Governments Wildland fire management requires understanding, predicting, and planning that considers a complex matrix of fuel types, climate effects, fire behavior, land and resource values, social concerns, and costs. These elements, individually and collectively, are dynamic. The fire community is continually adapting and evolving management approaches to meet the challenges posed by wildland fire. The past two decades have seen an escalation of fire behavior, increased risk to responders, greater home and property losses, and increased threats to communities. These trends call for an intergovernmental broad-based, collaborative and cohesive response to better address these mounting challenges. The Department has entered into this collaborative approach with the Forest Service and other Federal, state, and local governments and stakeholders. 3d9c74bf-b98b-432a-8cc1-b9ac3acb5e73 Wildfire Response Respond to wildfires. _e286c9da-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 1.4.3 Some of the conditions that contribute to the number of wildland fire ignitions include climate change and drought, the proliferation of highly combustible invasive species in arid ecosystems, and excessive hazardous fuel accumulations from decades of fire suppression. The Department strives to achieve a technically effective fire management program that meets resource and safety objectives, while minimizing both the cost of suppression and damage to resources. Although the intent is to minimize the number of unplanned and unwanted wildland fires, thousands still occur each year. When they do, an aggressive response is mounted to ensure that risks to safety and damage to property are minimized. 02f7efeb-34d3-4143-a8c7-644e5e268ece Sustainability Sustainably Manage Energy, Water, and Natural Resources _e286cb92-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 MISSION AREA 2 The Department provides access to and manages energy and other resources including oil, gas, coal, water, timber, grazing, and non-energy minerals on public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf. The Department is committed to renewable energy development and the protection of people, wildlife, and the environment. Energy Resources Secure America's Energy Resources _e286ce1c-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 2.1 We will promote responsible development of renewable energy and ensure safe and environmentally responsible access to natural resources. As manager of one-fifth of the Nation's landmass and energy resources on 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Department plays a critical role in meeting America's energy needs and moving the Nation toward a clean energy future. The Department's lands and waters provide 30 percent of the Nation's domestically-produced energy. We are creating a New Energy Frontier, responsibly advancing renewable energy on the Nation's lands and waters, and supporting tribal communities in the development of conventional and renewable energy resources and non-energy mineral resources on trust land. 6218673b-3fdd-41f4-9a55-966a0f74c90d Environmental Compliance & Safety Ensure environmental compliance and the safety of energy development. _e286d024-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.1.1 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board The Department is committed to developing energy resources in a responsible manner. Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, the Department has undertaken extensive reforms to its energy programs to improve safety and environmental protection. The reforms include establishing the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to replace the Minerals Management Service; transferring revenue management programs to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue under the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget; planning to restructure ocean energy management programs into new entities that will continue the Department's focus on energy management and safety and environmental enforcement; expanding inspections; and issuing new regulations, standards, and guidance to ensure safety and environmentally sound operations on the OCS. Work continues to implement the reform agenda including recommendations made in the 30-day report to the President, Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf, May 27, 2010, and the report of the Safety Oversight Board, U.S. Department of the Interior Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board Report to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The Department is also similarly concerned about the responsible management of our coal, oil, and gas resources onshore. These responsibilities ensure compliance with energy and environmental legislation through the performance or oversight of leasing, permitting, inspection, and enforcement activities; as well as ensuring the land is adequately reclaimed after drilling or mining. d0342418-f08f-414d-8f32-9c17c498d001 Renewable Energy Develop renewable energy potential. _e286d236-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.1.2 A key component of securing America's energy future is the responsible development of renewable energy on public lands, tribal lands, and the OCS. The Department is facilitating environmentally appropriate renewable energy projects involving solar, wind and wave, geothermal, biofuels, and hydropower energy sources. Development of these resources and effective transmission networks will help reduce the Nation's dependence on foreign oil, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and promote jobs here in America. Reclamation's water projects also create opportunities for energy production. Reclamation is the Nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power, generating 40 billion kilowatt hours from 58 power plants. 76a6cb6e-b86e-47ac-b924-1eee00cc73fb RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES Increase approved capacity for production of renewable (solar, wind, and geothermal) energy resources on Department of the Interior managed lands, while ensuring full environmental review, to at least 10,000 megawatts by the end of 2012. _e286d4de-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 PRIORITY GOAL 2.1.2 Through responsible development of federally managed onshore and offshore renewables, such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy, the Department can play a central role in moving the Nation toward a clean energy economy. In addition, the Department's leadership in science and land-based knowledge of the Nation's resources can facilitate development to increase the delivery of renewable energy to consumers. Most importantly, this can all be accomplished while protecting our treasured landscapes, preserving land health, and maintaining high environmental standards. ba0ae64d-0f3b-4426-8dec-ffe33bf6be76 Conventional Energy Manage conventional energy development. _e286d704-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.1.3 In order to reduce the Nation's reliance on energy imports, the Department continues to manage programs that oversee the orderly development of oil, natural gas, and coal. The Department ensures responsible development of these resources and that the American public receives a fair return. 6bc5422c-0568-4b85-9c92-796120fe1c7c Water Management Manage Water for the 21st Century _e286d8e4-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 2.2 We will deliver water in the 17 western states; managing water resources through the safe and effective performance of our facilities. For almost a decade, the Nation has experienced drought in major river basins while population and resulting demands for water have increased. The Department has a role in developing innovative approaches to meet water needs and anticipate future challenges. bdce9f18-b612-4330-96b3-4c3904619fb0 Conservation Conserve water. _e286dbbe-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.2.1 Climate change, extended droughts, and depleted aquifers are impacting water supplies and availability. A new approach and creative efforts are required to sustain the economy, environment, and culture of the American West. The Department will "increase" the water supply by conservation through BOR's WaterSMART and Title XVI grants. The projects supported by these grants improve the use of our important water resources. aa8c8ee8-8e12-4e15-853a-41c974737f27 WATER CONSERVATION Enable capability to increase available water supply for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and environmental uses in the western United States by 490,000 acre feet by the end of 2012 through Reclamation's conservation-related programs, such as water reuse and recycling (Title XVI), and WaterSMART grants. _e286ddee-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 PRIORITY GOAL 2.2.1 The American West is now the fastest growing region of the country and faces serious water challenges. Competition for finite water supplies is increasing as a result of population growth,agricultural demands, and water for environmental needs. An increased emphasis on domestic energy development will place additional pressure on limited water supplies, as significant amounts of water may be required for unconventional and renewable energy development. At the same time, climate change, extended droughts, and depleted aquifers are impacting water supplies and availability. A new approach and creative efforts are required to sustain the economy, environment, and culture of the American West. One approach is to effectively "increase" the water supply by conservation through BOR's WaterSMART and Title XVI grants. The projects supported by these grants improve the use of our important water resources. BOR's WaterSMART Grants also provide funding for projects that address the connection between water and energy use. 17fc304f-6e6a-4bf3-bd70-60beff7c0ba3 Water Delivery Improve reliability of water delivery. _e286dfe2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.2.2 Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation operates and maintains its water facilities in a safe, efficient, economical, and reliable manner, and assures that systems and safety measures are in place to protect the facilities and the public. Reclamation's Facility Reliability Rating (FRR) system was established to score and provide a general indication of Reclamation's ability to maintain the reliability of its facilities. With the use of FRR data, Reclamation is alerted to activities or areas needing attention to help ensure water storage and delivery for its customers. 8ea33478-8a92-40f2-86fc-7f8f196defe1 Tribal Water Facilities Improve infrastructure and operation efficiency of tribal water facilities. _e286e2d0-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.2.3 BIA The BIA Irrigation, Power and Safety of Dams program operates and manages irrigation, power, and dam infrastructure. The program sets high standards for maintenance, collaboration with stakeholders, and effective water and power distribution. BIA manages facilities to ensure they do not present an unacceptable risk to downstream lives and property; and are managed in an economically, technically, environmentally, and culturally sound manner. 4c156432-4f13-448d-97a6-ebe94cf03c17 Timber, Forage & Non-Energy Minerals Sustainably Manage Timber, Forage, and Non-energy Minerals _e286e514-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 2.3 Interior lands designated for multiple use offer harvestable timber, grasslands for grazing, and deposits of non-energy minerals. Interior will manage these lands sustainably to enhance public benefit, promote responsible use, and generate economic value. 117c53ca-00a9-4bf9-b33c-cf44a07c3801 Timber & Forest Product Resources Manage timber and forest product resources. _e286e712-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.3.1 BLM Interior's forests or woodlands are managed by BLM for the benefit of the American public. The BLM maintains a permanent source of timber supply, which supports the production of products such as lumber, plywood, and paper, while also protecting watersheds, regulating stream flow, contributing to the economic stability of local communities and industries, and providing recreational opportunities. 61a8f67d-20a1-4885-8ae6-2d6c8085080c Forage & Grazing Provide for sustainable forage and grazing. _e286ea0a-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.3.2 BLM The BLM manages livestock grazing on over half of its public lands. The BLM's overall objective is to ensure the long-term health and productivity of these lands. BLM uses a variety of methods to accomplish this objective - periodic rest or deferment of grazing in pastures in specific allotments during critical growth periods; vegetation treatments; and projects such as water developments and fences. The terms and conditions for grazing on BLM-managed lands such as stipulations on forage use and season of use are set forth in the permits and leases issued by the Bureau to public land ranchers. d908d5b6-3252-4bb8-b1a3-b4ca8751b5a6 Non-Energy Mineral Development Manage non-energy mineral development. _e286ec6c-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 2.3.3 BLM Non-energy minerals development on BLM lands, such as gold, zinc, lead, copper, iron, salt, sand, potassium, phosphate, stone, gravel, and clay, support a broad array of uses including medical applications, computer production, coastal restoration, automobile production, and highway construction and maintenance. The BLM is committed to sustaining mineral development in an environmentally responsible way by ensuring the reclamation of areas that have been mined and minimizing environmental impacts during the mining process. 522d6a96-6735-4780-8575-0cff177c4cf0 Indian Nations & Insular Areas Advance Govt-to-Govt Relationships with Indian Nations and Honor Commitments to Insular Areas _e286ee74-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 MISSION AREA 3 Indian Nations Insular Areas The Department of the Interior has a solemn responsibility to uphold the Federal Government's unique government-to-government relationship with federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. This mission is accomplished through coordinated eff orts between the Department's bureaus and offices, other Federal agencies, and relationships with tribes. The Department also carries out the Secretary's responsibilities for U.S. affiliated insular areas. Trust, Treaty & Other Responsibilities Meet Our Trust, Treaty, and Other Responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives _e286f176-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 3.1 Tribes Indian Communities American Indians Alaska Natives We will restore the integrity of nation-to-nation relationships with tribes and work diligently to fulfill the United States' trust responsibilities. We will work in partnership with tribes to build stronger economies and safer Indian communities. 9a7a1733-5be0-48b2-b141-46021763f00f Treaty & Subsistence Rights Protect Indian treaty and subsistence rights. _e286f3e2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.1 Tribes Alaska Natives The Department will assist tribes and Alaska Natives in developing the most effective practices for responsible and successful use of subsistence resources. For the purposes of this measure, subsistence means the gathering and harvest, processing, consumption, and use of all wild resources - birds, mammals, fish, and plants - from all the varied environments found throughout tribal communities. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, subsistence use embodies a culturally significant lifestyle and is an important component of Indian communities. Subsistence resources are important to these economies and for the continuation of traditions and practices that are a part of these diverse cultures. The term "customary and traditional" is included In the Code of Federal Regulations to describe the historic and current use of wildlife and fisheries resources for subsistence by residents of rural communities. 51e833ff-3869-47eb-9e8b-63d61d2a4541 Fiduciary Trust Fulfill fiduciary trust. _e286f608-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.2 Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians Bureau of Indian Affairs Interior has ongoing responsibilities for the timely reporting of Indian trust ownership information to its beneficiaries. We will make certain that the trust and restricted Federal Indian-owned lands are managed effectively and revenues accurately accounted for in a timely and efficient manner. The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and Bureau of Indian Affairs are the entities that oversee fiduciary trust activities. 153f4b38-9747-4363-8cfb-cac08f04fd73 Tribal Judicial Systems Strengthen tribal judicial systems. _e286f95a-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.3 Tribal Judicial Systems BIA Tribal justice systems are an essential part of tribal governments, which interface with BIA and tribal law enforcement activities. Congress and the Federal courts have repeatedly recognized tribal justice systems as the appropriate forums for adjudicating disputes and minor criminal activity within Indian Country. It is important that the BIA and tribal law enforcement activities complement the operations of the tribal courts to ensure that justice in the tribal forums is administered eff ectively da4c09fd-c713-4a17-8af1-79c870832f4e Resources Assets Manage and develop resources assets. _e286fbd0-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.4 American Indian Communities Alaska Native Communities BIA An integral part of building stronger economies within American Indian and Alaska Native communities is developing conservation and resource management plans that ensure sustainable use of trust land. Income is derived from leasing the land for timber and forest biomass harvests, grazing, and farming. These plans are reviewed by BIA to help safeguard the income-generating assets that sustain the economy of communities. 96b91e50-ded2-4c17-9db5-67a2c50e68e7 Economic Opportunity Create economic opportunity. _e286fe0a-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.5 Indian Nations BIA Department of Labor Department of Health and Human Services Indian Businesses Indian Individuals The Department assists Indian Nations develop capabilities and infrastructure needed to attain economic self-sufficiency on reservations to enhance their quality of life. One critical path is economic development and job creation. BIA coordinates the development of comprehensive tribal programs with the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. Interior offers programs and financial services which encourage start-ups and help position Indian businesses and individuals to compete in today's economy. Interior supports tribal communities in the development of conventional and renewable energy resources (e.g. solar and wind) and non-energy mineral resources on trust land. 49fc0109-1bb3-430f-882e-c57f66bb1ad1 Indian Education Strengthen Indian education. _e287013e-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.6 Bureau of Indian Education Funded Schools The Department is allocating funds to replace and upgrade its Bureau of Indian Education funded schools, and improve the learning environment of BIE students. Improving performance in BIE schools is a challenge the Department is addressing through initiatives aimed at increasing student achievement with a focus on reading and math. Schools are assessed for their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) which is defined by each state based on judging reading and mathematics proficiency along with attendance for elementary and middle schools, and graduation rates for high schools. ed360b94-a2af-4ffa-8344-de22374a10f3 Community Safety Make communities safer. _e28703c8-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.7 Indian Law Enforcement Officers Tribal Courts Interior will strengthen law enforcement in Indian Country by putting more officers on the streets, bolstering tribal courts, and helping fight violent crime and drug abuse. Crime control, however, is only one component of a safe community. New construction, renovation, and maintenance of facilities, including detention facilities and roads and bridges also contribute to the safety and well-being of the tribal populace. c319c0ac-383c-47ee-a674-fc4d8e1dc9c1 SAFE INDIAN COMMUNITIES Achieve significant reduction in crime of at least 5 percent within 24 months on targeted tribal reservations by implementing a comprehensive strategy involving community policing, tactical deployment, and critical interagency and intergovernmental partnerships. _e2870620-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 PRIORITY GOAL 3.1.7 Tribal Reservations 734e7496-2c8a-4ef2-9c29-dded5e0d202e Self-Governance & Self-Determination Support self-governance and self-determination. _e2870968-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.8 Tribal Nations Interior is strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the Federal Government and tribal nations because self-determination, sovereignty, self-government, and self-reliance are not abstract concepts. Rather, they are the tools that will enable tribal nations to shape their collective destiny. Tribes have also assumed an expanded role in the operation of Indian programs through Public Law 93-638 contracting. Tribes contract with the Federal Government to operate programs serving their tribal members and other eligible persons. 48fdfcc5-32c0-4b97-9d10-f5c211451ea6 Water Rights Management for Protection of Water Rights. _e2870c10-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.1.9 BIA The BIA water program functions are divided into two distinct but overlapping elements. The Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation Program defines and protects Indian water rights and settles claims through negotiations if possible, or alternatively, through litigation. The Water Management Program assists tribes in managing, conserving, and utilizing trust water resources. 984a4c64-4847-460b-be26-1fbd28bb1740 Insular Communities Empower Insular Communities _e2870e68-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 3.2 Insular Communities American Samoa Guam U.S. Virgin Islands Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Federated States of Micronesia Republic of the Marshall Islands Republic of Palau Office of Insular Affairs The Department empowers insular communities by improving the quality of life, creating economic opportunity, and promoting efficient and effective governance. The U.S.-affiliated insular areas include: the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Interior also administers and oversees Federal assistance provided to the three Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The Assistant Secretary and the Office of Insular Affairs carry out these responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary. 76535dde-162c-4874-8c19-03c198728981 Quality of Life Improve quality of life. _e28711ce-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.2.1 Insular Areas The Department will assist the insular areas to improve the quality of life by pairing access to financial resources for capital improvements and public services with robust oversight, and by improving interagency coordination on insular issues. We will also pursue sustainable, indigenous energy strategies to lessen dependence on oil imports and provide more reliable and affordable energy. 111a69ac-80f6-4555-b8af-2490bcee4e19 Economic Opportunity Create economic opportunity. _e2871476-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.2.2 Insular Areas Private Sector Investors The Department will help create economic opportunity by forging partnerships that bolster tourism and attract industry by promoting the unique island cultures, natural resources, and by preparing the next generation of business leaders. We will pursue economic development initiatives that encourage private sector investment in the insular areas. c865f88c-a8de-4fa8-8288-33bc51071882 Governance Promote efficient and effective governance. _e28716e2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 3.2.3 Insular Areas The Department will work with the insular areas to ensure that local and Federal funding is being used efficiently and effectively by improving insular government financial policies and procedures, financial management systems, and technical planning abilities. We will also strive to equip insular area leadership with the statistical tools necessary for informed decision making. 0eba4e1a-3b47-4e67-aefd-e857c7d915d2 Scientific Decision Making Provide a Scientific Foundation for Decision Making _e2871a5c-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 MISSION AREA 4 Science is a key component of the Department of the Interior mission. The U.S. Geological Survey serves as the Department's primary science organization, and each bureau also conducts mission-specific research to support its programs. Science is an essential, cross-cutting element that assists bureaus in land and resource management and regulation. Department science also reaches beyond the boundaries of Interior lands and the United States. Research reports, publications, monitoring information, and other products are available worldwide to provide credible, applicable, unbiased information to inform decision making related to ecosystems, climate change, land use change, energy and mineral assessments, environmental health, natural hazards, and water resources. Science Products Ensure the Quality and Relevance of Science Products to Partners and Customers _e2871d22-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 4.1 USGS The USGS is a widely-used scientific data provider for accessing information and improving its understanding to help resolve complex natural resource problems across the Nation and around the world. We will continue to provide impartial research results and conclusions on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources on which we rely, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. bd7549b2-db19-43b0-a961-79a9947c3767 Customer Satisfaction Ensure overall customer satisfaction. _e2871fa2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.1.1 USGS The Department supports applied and basic research and the development of science products for use by Interior bureaus and offices, local, state, national, and international communities, and science partners. For example, the USGS assists governments in understanding how to reduce the impact of potential natural hazards; monitoring water quality and quantity; analyzing energy and mineral potential, consumption, and environmental effects; and tracking changes to the land and ocean environments. Timely feedback from partners and customers is essential to ensuring the quality and relevance of science products. 00e629fb-05c8-4524-9e31-96300da06656 Resource Use, Protection & Adaptive Management Provide Science for Sustainable Resource Use, Protection, and Adaptive Management _e2872394-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 4.2 Federal Entities State Entities Local Entities Tribal Entities We will support scientific research to assess, understand, model, and forecast the impacts of climate change and other environmental drivers on our ecosystems, natural resources, and communities. Our bureaus will develop and construct strategies for adapting to climate change based on scientific analysis. The Department will assist Federal, state, local, and tribal entities by monitoring water quality and quantity; analyzing energy and mineral resources potential and environmental effects of their extraction and use; and analyzing and monitoring changes to the land and ocean environments. 9cd07a14-5ab9-4e9b-8e36-afaea74c620b Ecosystem Changes Identify and predict ecosystem changes. _e287266e-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.2.1 The Department will conduct ongoing research to support and inform decisions related to ecological systems for land, water, and fish and wildlife population management. Climate and land use changes are the key drivers of changes in ecosystems, and strategies for protecting climate-sensitive ecosystems will be increasingly important. Terrestrial and aquatic populations and their habitats are studied to understand their condition and function within ecosystems and provide information to improve management and conservation actions. For example, the USGS will endeavor to determine the impacts and interactions that climate change, invasive plant and animal species, wildfire, disease, and other stressors have on the state of the Nation's biological resources. Managing and protecting the biological and physical components that support ecosystem services and processes is a priority of the Department, especially as it relates to the impacts of climate change. 9353fa8b-a87e-4a30-987a-9deef584bd11 Causes & Impacts Identify and model causes and impacts of changes to the Earth and ocean systems. _e2872902-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.2.2 USGS The Department is actively engaged in developing and employing many tools and datasets to better understand the causes and consequences of land cover change, and to analyze and visualize the changes taking place. In particular, the USGS uses satellite observations at local, regional, and continental scales to detect, analyze, and monitor changes on the land, study the connections between people and the land, and provide society with relevant science information to inform public decisions. These data are necessary to provide a baseline composite of the characteristics and geographic variability of land cover to understand the dynamic relationships of biologic, geologic, oceanographic structure, and processes of coastal and marine environments. 913b8578-addf-4ed3-816f-92ffac25d286 Climate Change Assess and forecast climate change and its effects. _e2872cae-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.2.3 USGS Tribal Communities Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Climate Science Centers The extent to which U.S. communities and ecosystems may be affected by climate change will depend on the nature of the impacts and the sensitivity of the ecosystem to the changes. Successful adaptation to climate change will depend on access to a variety of options for effective management responses. The Department will support research and monitoring initiatives of carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles, and their effects on ecosystems. The USGS will provide tools for managers to develop, implement, and test adaptive strategies, reduce risk, and increase the potential for ecological systems to be self-sustaining, resilient, and adaptable to environmental changes. Interior also considers the application of traditional knowledge when making decisions affecting tribal communities. The USGS will, through its existing scientific assets and the new DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Climate Science Centers, implement partner-driven science to improve understanding of past and present land use change, develop relevant climate and land use forecasts, and identify lands, resources, and communities that are most vulnerable to adverse impacts of change from the local to global scale. 64bc49a2-35f4-4c0e-aa51-0eb7c8380bdb Water Availability & Quality Monitor and assess water availability and quality. _e2872f9c-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.2.4 USGS The Nation faces an increasing set of water resource challenges. The Department will continue to monitor and conduct research to generate a more precise estimate of water availability and use for meeting current and future human, environmental, and wildlife requirements. These research and monitoring activities will help identify water resources for use by humans and the environment while also developing tools to forecast likely outcomes for water use and quality, and aquatic ecosystem health affected by changes in land use and land cover, natural and engineered infrastructure, water use, and climate. State and local governments rely heavily on the monitoring data that is provided by USGS monitoring systems that operate across the country. 2d20ac55-dca2-42bd-b484-8b4097795f83 Energy & Mineral Resources Assess national and international energy and mineral resources. _e2873244-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.2.5 The Nation faces increasing demands for energy and mineral resources, particularly in light of concerns about our dependence on resources imported from other countries. Interior's energy and mineral resources research, assessments, and information will improve our understanding of resource occurrence, distribution, and quality, and foster multidisciplinary analyses of the broad economic, environmental, and societal consequences of resource extraction and use. The outcomes of these activities will inform decision making with respect to such issues as natural resource protection, environmental health, economic vitality, and responsible resource management on Department and other lands. 07a57357-f816-441c-9243-2b7b5bbb25c7 Scientific Data Provide Scientific Data to Protect and Inform Communities _e2873622-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 4.3 USGS The USGS will lead the scientific research on the environment and natural hazards and provide information to partners and stakeholders for use in making decisions that will protect lives. We will support scientific research to improve the resilience of communities to natural hazards and wildlife diseases in order to preserve the quality of life and reduce the likelihood of fatalities and economic losses. 01cb0666-0002-41fa-b6a9-d1b12bbf66b4 Natural Hazards Monitor and assess natural hazards risk and resilience. _e2873938-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.3.1 USGS The Department's monitoring and assessments provide information and the scientific understanding that will help protect communities by significantly reducing the vulnerability of millions of people to natural hazards. For example, the USGS, working with many partners, collects accurate and timely data from modern earth observation networks, analyzes those data to assess areas that are at risk due to natural hazards, and conducts focused research to improve hazard predictions. b7fa9f4b-374d-42b9-bd2c-6e6e3e297cff Environment & Health Identify the connection between the natural environment and wildlife and human health. _e2873bfe-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.3.2 Human health is often related to the health of the environment and wildlife health. The emergence of diseases transferred between animals and humans is a growing concern. The Department is taking a leadership role in providing the natural science information needed by health researchers, policy makers, and the public to safeguard public health by monitoring wildlife, identifying wild animal disease reservoirs, and maintaining and integrating critical knowledge about wild animal disease transmission to humans, and the use of wild animals as sentinels of human health. e01e8bbf-66ab-417b-b273-88ed0fb682b1 Earth Science Framework Develop a Comprehensive Science Framework for Understanding the Earth _e2874054-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 GOAL 4.4 USGS The Department, through the USGS, will lead the effort to create a scientific framework that will provide knowledge of the ever-changing Earth. We will invest in cyber-infrastructure, nurture and cultivate programs in Earth systems science informatics, and participate in efforts to build and connect a global integrated science and computing platform. The USGS will gather, integrate, and present data in multi-dimensional ways to advance and refine our understanding of the Earth and its geologic and ecologic systems. Three-dimensional models of ground water aquifers and energy and mineral deposits in the subsurface will be generated to help identify prospective areas for exploration and utilization. We will produce vegetation maps to pinpoint areas with high risks of wildland fire occurrence. We will deliver high resolution geospatial databases and topographic map images to support public purposes and enhance resource management. 165426f1-c21d-485c-b3d6-e37322b2649d Data Framework Develop an integrated data framework that is used to guide science-based stewardship of natural resources. _e2874360-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.4.1 USGS Conscientious stewardship of our Nation's resources begins with policy and decision making that is informed by and grounded in the natural sciences. Central to the improvement in decision making is the accessibility of data and information across multiple disciplines, geographic, temporal, and political boundaries. The Department's bureaus, and USGS in particular, serve as world leaders and partners in natural science monitoring, assessing, and researching - having the reputation of being the "authoritative source" of a wealth of data sets collected through long-standing research programs. These data provide immeasurable value in the understanding of complex natural processes - a key to effective decision making. cb1067a8-6af5-4016-8812-4e9ffec07254 Geologic Maps & Models Generate geologic maps and models for sustaining resources and protecting communities. _e2874630-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.4.2 USGS The Department's science arm, USGS, produces accurate geologic maps and three-dimensional geologic frameworks that provide indispensable data for sustaining and improving the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation. Geologic maps and research are foundational for exploring, developing, and preserving mineral, energy, and water resources; evaluating and planning for land management and environmental protection; supporting the Department's land management decisions, reducing losses from natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and other ground failures; mitigating effects of coastal and stream erosion; placement of critical infrastructure and facilities; and conducting basic earth science research. The geologic maps and interpretive products produced through the USGS and its state partners are served through the National Geologic Map Database, which is an authoritative and comprehensive data source for the general public, scientists, and decision makers. 52e75ab5-20bf-430c-83d8-86ed2724a299 Geospatial Information Advance the Earth science application of geospatial information. _e2874a72-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 STRATEGY 4.4.3 USGS For the Department, the USGS organizes, maintains, and publishes The National Map, a set of databases of geospatial data of the Nation's topography, natural landscape, and built environment. Updating high resolution geospatial databases and topographic map images takes place on a three-year cycle. These products and services are used to support public purposes such as resource management, climate and environment, infrastructure and human services, energy, disaster response, and public safety. b7c9c9ff-a8d7-45eb-84b3-ba19f6f136f3 21st Century Department of the Interior Building a 21st Century Department of the Interior _e2874d9c-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 MISSION AREA 5 The Department's vision for a 21st Century Interior includes a highly skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the Nation, optimization of youth engagement throughout the Department's programs, sustainable operations, and effective and efficient management. Attainment of the Department's strategic goals will be facilitated by the cross-cutting efforts that are highlighted here. Success in these areas will be assessed with representative performance metrics geared to specific outcomes for youth stewardship and engagement, building a 21st Century workforce, sustainability, information technology, and acquisition and real property management. Workforce Building a 21st Century Workforce _e2875080-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 5.1 Our ability to maintain a highly effective organization that meets the needs of the Nation is challenged by a highly decentralized organization, which employs significant numbers of employees and volunteers at the local level and a variety of models for service delivery that are unique to Interior's nine bureaus and multiple offices. Over 70,000 employees, including a cadre of seasonal employees, and over 280,000 volunteers perform a spectrum of duties that require highly skilled and unique disciplines to conduct specialized activities such as firefighting, inspection of oil and gas operations, management of wild horse and burros, migratory bird aerial surveys, wildlife disease necropsy, and others. The Department benefits from a workforce that is passionate about the mission, dedicated to public service, and highly skilled and knowledgeable. These are the Department's greatest asset. They are challenged by factors including an aging workforce and the demands of technology and knowledge management. Interior is focusing on the improvement of key areas that will strengthen workforce management capabilities including recruitment, retention, and development. Activities underway include workforce assessment and planning and hiring reforms to reduce the time it takes to bring employees on board. Interior's vision for a highly skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the Nation includes a new inclusivity strategy that uses multiple cultural backgrounds as tools for competition and workforce development. Differences in background, thought, education, and experience contribute to the varied perspectives in the workplace and create a dynamism for higher performance and success in achieving mission goals. 4c74592f-14cc-46db-9f5f-2f56bc8e9b69 Youths Youth Stewardship and Engagement _e287549a-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 5.2 Youths Bureau of Labor Statistics Youth engagement is a key component of the Department's vision with benefits that are far reaching. Youth involvement in Interior's stewardship agenda infuses energy and new thinking, educates a generation that has lost touch with nature in values surrounding conservation, and has the potential to improve the health of younger generations. It also has important economic benefits. According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of young people employed in July 2010 was 48.9 percent, the lowest July rate on record - record keeping began in 1948. To focus on this issue, the Department has a priority goal to increase employment for young people by 50 percent by the end of 2012. fd2baffb-ea8f-499b-82b2-c5c7538efb93 Hiring & Engagement HIRE OR TEMPORARILY ENGAGE INDIVIDUALS AGED 15-25 _e28757e2-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 PRIORITY GOAL 5.2 Individuals Aged 15-25 eba13c41-f167-426c-bfdb-c95ad1e5f96d Sustainability Sustainability of Interior's Operations _e2875ae4-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 5.3 Earlier this year, the Department completed a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan mapping out strategies to reduce Interior's environmental footprint over the coming years with a goal to incorporate sustainable practices throughout and more effectively utilize resources and protect the environment. The Department is complying with the requirements of Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance by aligning sustainability goals with mission goals and focused strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build and rehabilitate facilities using sustainability principles, and reducing water consumption. The Department's Sustainability Council links the efforts of employees in the field with senior management's efforts to modify policies and practices in order to foster an inclusive and transparent process to promote sustainability including inviting employees to submit their ideas for improving sustainable practices. 07f55b7e-531a-425a-bbf7-f794255b5da6 Information Technology Dependability and Efficiency of Information Technology _e2875f12-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 5.4 Information technology is a key tool that supports the accomplishment of mission goals; technology can significantly advance the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and help employees to be more productive. Information technology can also help Interior to address increasingly complex challenges in managing a large and geographically dispersed organization. Interior's vision is developing and providing the right mix of information technology products and services at a lower cost while delivering greater service to employees and customers. To realize this vision, the Department is implementing a series of technology innovations and efficiencies to deliver improved services at a lower cost, including consolidation of infrastructure and shifting commodity technology services from in-house delivery mechanisms to capable external providers. These efforts will yield benefits in improved sustainability, reduced carbon footprint, and energy and efficiency savings. ed2293dd-5c22-4f97-83b6-776d2ea2c58e Real Property Improving Acquisition and Real Property Management _e287625a-ce49-11e2-becc-0dfcd8cf8b26 5.5 Interior's programs utilize the skills and services of the private sector with approximately $2.7 billion annually in contracted work and including over 50 percent of this work performed by small businesses. The mission goals of the Department are significantly advanced through effective management of contracts in a manner that reduces risk, and achieves desired results that cost less. Through a combination of innovative procurement methods, the Department is focused on the achievement of goals that will leverage purchasing power, promote efficient business practices, and focus on development and retention of a skilled acquisition workforce. Interior owns and operates 47,000 buildings and 112,000 structures including the iconic monuments and memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Hoover Dam straddling the border of Arizona and Nevada, and Bureau of Indian Education schools. These assets are treasured for their cultural and historic significance; scenic, recreational, and environmental values; functional purposes like water control; and in some cases the revenues they provide. The Department's asset management programs focus on the proper stewardship of these assets and proper upkeep and maintenance to support mission goals based on the use of condition indices and on incorporating initiatives to promote the effective operation and management of facilities, including the disposal of excess assets. ab8fc8c8-8891-40c3-bf1b-f1520edb3e2d 2010-10-01 2016-09-30 2013-06-05 Owen Ambur Submit error.