DOI Open Government Initiative

Interior Open Government Plan v2.0 (updated April 9, 2012)

Interior Open Government Plan v1.1 (updated June 25, 2010)

The Department of the Interior assembled a multi-functional team from across our department to develop Interior’s Open Government Plan. In addition to meeting all of the requirements of the Open Government Directive, Interior’s Open Government plan seeks to:

  • Create better relationships between government and citizens
  • Enable DOI to understand citizens’ demand for services more clearly and be more responsive to their needs
  • Increase the rate of innovation by leveraging public knowledge
  • Increase DOI’s ability to meet its mission more effectively and efficiently by transparently engaging the public in decision making
  • Encourage the development of Open Government Programs
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March 24th is a Tribal Day of Action for Affordable Care Act Enrollment

MON, MARCH 24, 2014
Posted by: Raina Thiele

This month, Vice President Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius spoke directly to tribal leaders and community members on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read More >

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Addressing California’s Water Challenges Through Action and Collaboration

Posted by: Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Ann Mills, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA

California is in the throes of the worst drought in the 160 years during which records have been kept. As a result, the state’s overextended water system is in crisis. Read More >

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Readout of Meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Others to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil, Gas Industry

TUE, JANUARY 21, 2014

Secretary Jewell and Governor Hickenlooper met with representatives from the oil and gas industry, non-government organizations, and Colorado officials in a roundtable discussion regarding efforts to reduce methane emissions Read More >

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FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013
Posted by: Kevin K. Washburn

Last year, the Department of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations to implement important land consolidation requirements set forth in the historic Cobell Settlement Agreement. Read More >


2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference: Promoting Prosperous, Resilient Tribal Nations

THU, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Posted by: Sally Jewell

Yesterday I had the tremendous honor of welcoming leaders invited from all 566 federally recognized tribes to the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Read More >

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Engaging the Next Generation with the Help of our Partners in Conservation

Posted by: Robert Bonnie and Rhea Suh

An initial group of 91 organizations have been approved as partner organizations to help the Obama Administration implement the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Read More >


Message from President Obama to U.S. Government Employees (10/17/2013)

THU, OCTOBER 17, 2013

To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government Read More >

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Message from President Obama to U.S. Government Employees (10/01/2013)

TUE, OCTOBER 1, 2013
Posted by: President Barack Obama

To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government Read More >

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Secretary Jewell: The need for comprehensive immigration reform

TUE, AUGUST 27, 2013
Posted by: Sally Jewell

Yesterday, on Women’s Equality Day, I had the privilege of addressing some of the newest members of our American family at a naturalization ceremony. Read More >


Interior to expedite its move to the cloud

WED, AUGUST 14, 2013
Posted by: Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology, Information and Business Services

Recently, Interior awarded a set of contracts valued at up to $10 billion that will let us expedite our move to the cloud. Read More >

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Proposed Cuts Harm Interior, Harm Economy

WED, JULY 31, 2013
Posted by: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

We need to continue efforts to ensure the nation’s long-term fiscal sustainability, but there is a way to find meaningful savings in the budget while still supporting our basic missions and promoting economic growth. Read More >

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President Obama’s Leadership in Combating Wildlife Trafficking

WED, JULY 3, 2013
Posted by: David J. Hayes

This week, President Obama announced a new Administration effort to combat the rising tide of wildlife trafficking that is threatening the survival of elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, great apes, and other iconic animals in Africa and around the world. Read More >

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The Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership: Working to Bring Renewable Energy to Small Villages in Alaska, and Around the World

FRI, JUNE 28, 2013
Posted by: David J. Hayes

Working with key partners, the Department has also been developing an initiative aimed at deploying smaller-scale solar/diesel or wind/diesel hybrid projects in isolated, off-the-grid villages in places like remote Alaska and U.S. island territories. Read More >

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Strengthening our Federal Partnership with Tribal Nations

THU, JUNE 27, 2013
Posted by: Secretary Sally Jewell

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Native American Affairs, which will help to continue to strengthen our federal partnership with Tribal Nations. Read More >

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Infrastructure Permitting Reforms to Meet the Twin Goals of Achieving More Timely Reviews While Improving Environmental Outcomes

FRI, MAY 17, 2013
Posted by: David J. Hayes

As the largest landowner in the United States, the Department of the Interior has played a critical role in facilitating the infrastructure investments needed for a 21st Century American economy. In particular, Interior is reshaping our energy future. Read More >

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New National Arctic Strategy Adopts Integrated Arctic Management

FRI, MAY 10, 2013
Posted by: David J. Hayes

Today the White House announced the release of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, a broad framework that lays out the U.S. Government’s strategic priorities in the Arctic for the next 10 years. Read More >

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Leading the Way in Scientific Integrity

WED, APRIL 3, 2013
Posted by: David J. Hayes

Two years ago, DOI led the way as the first Federal agency to formally respond to the President’s call to “restore scientific integrity in government decision making” by establishing a Scientific and Scholarly Integrity Policy. Read More >

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U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee First Meeting

TUE, JANUARY 29, 2013

The Department of the Interior announced today that the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Advisory Committee will hold its first public meeting on February 13, 2013, in Washington, DC. Read More >

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Looking back at the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference

WED, DECEMBER 19, 2012
Posted by: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

"As we continue our important work to honor and strengthen our nation to nation relationship, the White House Tribal Nations Conference stands out for me as a special and meaningful day in 2012." Secretary Ken Salazar Read More >

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White House 2012 Tribal Nations Conference: Helping Indian Country Move Forward

THU, DECEMBER 13, 2012
Posted by: Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

"Much has been accomplished ... greater respect and support for tribal self-determination; giving tribal governments the tools, training, and support to improve economic, education, health, and public safety conditions." Kevin Washburn, AS-IA Read More >

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