PAM's major functional areas of responsibility are:

Acquisition and Assistance

Acquisition and Assistance intitiates, develops and prescribes Departmental policies and regulations and represents the Department on a number of inter-agency forums. The Office manages Department-wide reporting systems and establishes and implements performance measures and management controls. It initiates, develops and prescribes the Department's financial assistance program and career management policies in the areas of grants, cooperative agreements, and other types of assistance. It also coordinates and works closely with Interior's bureaus through the Acquisition Managers Partnership, an inter-bureau forum that seeks opportunities to better support Interior's diverse missions and customers. Performance of these functions affects all Interior bureaus and offices, which collectively process an annual volume of approximately 85,097 procurement transactions totaling about $1.4 billion, excluding purchase card activity. The Department processes over 6,175 financial assistance actions within 98 different programs totaling about $2.8 billion. In addition, during FY 2000, over 1.1 million purchase card transactions totaling $393 million were issued Department-wide. The combined procurement and assistance transactions now total over one-third of the Interior budget.


Debarment and Suspension

Debarment and Suspension is an administrative remedy taken to prospectively protect the integrity of federal procurement award and discretionary assistance, loan, and benefit (non-procurement) award activities.  It's a decision about whether a person or organization poses a potential business risk as to federal funded transactions.  Actions are based on evidence of offense or fact-based misconduct, or other demonstration of lack of business honesty and integrity, poor performance.  Suspension and Debarment may apply to individuals, business and organizational entities, and affiliate entities.  Conduct may be imputed from individuals to entity, from entity to individuals, and between entities.  Suspension is a preliminary and temporary action taken where there exists an immediate necessity to protect award program integrity at an early stage of investigation or legal proceedings.  Debarment is the ultimate decision made upon completion of proceedings.  Debarment is for a fixed period of time, generally not to exceed three years.  The Debarment and Suspension authority at the Department of the Interior (DOI) is located in the Office of Acquisition and Property Management (PAM).  Debra E. Sonderman, Director, PAM is the DOI Suspending and Debarring Official for both procurement and non-procurement actions, and as such the only official authorized to take actions.  The Debarment program is administered at PAM by the DOI Debarment Program Manager, David M. Sims, who chairs the Government-wide Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee.  DOI has a robust Debarment and Suspension program built upon a collaborative working relationship with the DOI Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The Debarment and Suspension case development and action referral function at DOI is located in the OIG's Administrative Remedies Division.  DOI plays a major role in the Government-wide debarment community.


Property Management

Property Management initiates, develops and implements Interior's policies for management and accountability of real land personal property. The Office establishes and implements performance measures and management controls. It coordinates and works closely with Interior's bureaus through the Property Management Partnership, an inter-bureau forum that seeks opportunities to strengthen the management of our physical assets to better support our diverse missions and customers. Types of property include:

  • Personal property over one million items of personal property valued at over $1.7 billion
  • Real property approximately 57,000 buildings and facilities over 445 million acres and rural and urban land and 56 million acres of trust land
  • Museum property consisting of more than 113 million artworks, artifacts, documents, and other museum properties
  • Government furnished quarters 19,000 government quarters; approximately 10,458 of these are Interior-owned and operated
  • Motor vehicle fleet management approximately 34,000 owned and leased motor vehicles
  • Space management
  • Energy conservation

Automated Systems

Automated Systems provides leadership in planning, development, implementation, and operation of Department- wide automated procurement, Federal assistance, energy, data, and property systems. The objectives of these systems are to:

  • Improve responsiveness, effectiveness, uniformity, and efficiency of operations
  • Provide accurate, complete, and timely information for policy making and operational decision-making
  • Promote effective interfaces between these systems and other administrative systems to reduce data errors and enhance efficiency of operations

The Office leads inter-bureau team efforts and directs the National Business Center and contractor support efforts to develop standardized approaches for automated procurement systems, and the system used to manage the Department's integrated charge card program. Through the Department's Property Management Partnership, the Office is pursuing standardized approaches for automated property systems.

Other Major Efforts

In addition, the Office represents the Department and coordinates bureau participation on interagency committees. The Office participates in the development of changes and reforms and provides Department-wide guidance on implementing changes related to:

  • The Federal Activity Inventory Reform Act and OMB Circular A-76, Performance of Commercial Activities
  • OMB Circular A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments
  • Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce (E-SIGN) Act
  • Office of Federal Procurement Policy Letter 92-3
  • Energy Policy Act of 1992
  • Government Performance and Results Act of 1993
  • Federal Acquistion Streamlining Act of 1994
  • Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996
  • OFPP Memorandum 99-02, Agency Electronic Commerce Reports on Federal Purchasing and Payment
  • OMB Management and Procurement Executives Council initiatives on Performance-Based Service Contracting
  • OFPP Letter 97-1, Procurement System Education, Training and Experience Requirements for Acquisition Personnel
  • Federal Property Asset Management Reform Act of 1999
  • Federal Employees Quarters and Facilities Act
  • Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1978
  • Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999