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Department of the Interior News

Can East Meet West at Interior?

If you want to be secretary of the Interior, the first thing you do is make sure you are born west of the Mississippi, preferably in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what does that do to the job chances of Maryland-born, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry who is said to be on the short-list for the Interior job?

Friday - 01/25/2013, 02:00am EST

Oil and gas review

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts examine surging U.S. land lease prices for oil and gas, plus a look at how the Interior Department will be affected by Secretary Ken Salazar's departure.
January 24, 2013

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 06:44pm EST
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Salazar to step down as Interior secretary

Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator and attorney general, handed in his resignation as secretary of the Interior to President Barack Obama, according to a department spokesman. Salazar joined the administration in 2009, when Obama assumed his office.

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 09:09am EST

OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals

The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency's goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB's Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 06:13am EST
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Agencies making inroads with workforce, succession planning

IRS, DoD and Interior all are pursuing an assortment of initiatives to prepare for personnel reductions. DoD will release an updated workforce strategic plan by 2015. The IRS is using an online assessment tool to measure how ready employees are to move into leadership positions. Interior is getting managers to understand their important role in workforce planning.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 05:44am EST
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Locality pay, official time reports likely to rekindle federal pay debate

The Federal Salary Council will submit to the Federal Pay Agent in the coming weeks a recommendation to increase the number of localities that get special pay rates. OPM also will release the annual report on how much time federal employees spend on union activities during working hours. CHCO Council will also consider certification process for HR employees.

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:27am EST
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Interior secretary apologizes for reporter threat

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar apologized Wednesday for threatening to punch a Colorado reporter who asked him about problems with the government's wild horse program at a campaign event.

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:11pm EST

OMB to give CIOs IT hunting license through broadening of authorities

The administration wants chief information officers to take more control over spending on technology, especially in those areas in the "shadows." OMB acting Director Jeff Zients said the Interior Department's approach to giving its CIO control over almost all spending is a model for the rest of the government. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to release a report on expected savings from PortfolioStat in the coming months.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Contractor chosen for Washington Monument repair

The National Park Service named a Massachusetts contractor Wednesday to repair the Washington Monument's earthquake damage, though it may take two more months before work begins at the National Mall site.

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 02:57pm EDT

Reducing high-risk contracts yields mixed results

Agencies failed to meet a lofty goal to cut spending on new contracts considered high-risk by 10 percent. But despite the inconclusive results, contracting experts and agency procurement chiefs told Federal News Radio there's more to evaluating the effort to reduce high-risk contracts than the failure to reach the goal. Federal News Radio examines this as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT

OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

Interior reduces hiring time, manager paper cuts

The Interior Department's new, simplified hiring process has slashed hiring time by more than 100 days. Much of the change results from less paperwork for managers, a department leader told Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Interior, DoD to convert unused bases to energy projects

Interior estimates 13 million acres in the Western United States have high winds, lots of sunlight, or sit on top of geothermal sources.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 07:50am EDT

Reorganization and Restructuring in Government presented by Deloitte

The next five to 10 years may represent a once-in-a-generation period of challenges and opportunities for the Federal government. The question isn't whether or not your organization will be affected by the shifts but whether or not your organization will be out in front of them.

Reduced budgets combined with unchanged - or more complex - missions have resulted in increasing workloads, which have sent agencies searching for ways to leverage limited resources while striving to improve mission performance. So, how can agencies reduce inefficiencies and redundancies without significantly impacting their core missions?

Monday - 07/23/2012, 02:25pm EDT
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Improving IT security at your agency

W. Hord Tipton, executive director of The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, talks about his tenure as CIO of the Department of the Interior, and what you can do to protect data at your agency.
July 17, 2012

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 09:37pm EDT
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Wildland firefighters win federal health benefits

President Barack Obama will make federal health insurance available to about 8,000 temporary wildland firefighters, a White House official said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 12:29am EDT

Ranger's body recovered from Mount Rainier

After two weeks of delays due to weather and avalanche danger, the body of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger who fell to his death during a rescue operation was recovered Thursday by helicopter.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 04:46pm EDT

Suspension, debarment a 'business decision' for agencies

Agencies are using suspensions and debarments more often as a way to stop or prevent doing business with contractors who lie, cheat or just do shoddy work. David Sims, chairman of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee and a suspension and debarment manager at the Interior Department, gives an overview of the use of suspension and debarment governmentwide.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:07am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- June 14

National Security Agency officials says it's a good news/bad news situation with the nation's cybersecurity. David Sims of the Interior Department said debarment and suspension are powerful tools.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 09:45am EDT

IG offices thrive despite lack of permanent leadership

Ten agencies do not have Senate-confirmed inspectors generals. Four have been waiting for more than 1,000 days for a nomination or confirmation. But House lawmakers found that agencies without a permanent IG still are making a lot of progress in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:46am EDT
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