Department of the Interior Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011 - 2016


Start: 2010-10-01, End: 2016-09-30, Publication: 2013-06-05


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.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Department of the Interior



  • Ken SalazarSecretary

  • 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 OfficesDepartmental 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