DOI: Planning for the Next 100 Years


Address President’s Executive Order 13781 on Reorganization

  • Reduce administrative redundancy and jurisdictional and organizational barriers to citizen service
  • Share resources more effectively
  • Devote a greater percentage of our budget to the field
  • Improve coordination among federal, state and local agencies
  • Facilitate joint problem-solving and effective decision-making
  • Make more decisions at the region, fewer in Washington DC
  • Better stewardship
  • Increasing responsibility, resources, personnel and authority in the field

Current DOI Operations:

DOI touches more people, in more ways, than any other organization in the Executive Branch

  • 2,400 operating locations
  • 70,000 employees
    • 16% of DOI employees are retirement eligible today
    • 40% of DOI employees are retirement eligible in 5 years
  • 610,000 volunteers

Organizational Challenges:

  • Coordination challenges across agency jurisdictions
  • Coordination challenges across departments
    • FWS Trout
    • NMFS Salmon
  • Overlapping organizational structures
  • Unnecessary bureaucracy in DC and Denver
  • Heavy visitor use
    • 500 Million DOI Visitors
    • 320 Million NPS site visitors

Unified Regions:


  • Focuses regional managers on a shared geography
  • Improves coordination and communication
  • Increases efficiency
  • Lowers costs
  • Leverages available expertise across bureaus
  • Promotes teamwork
  • Facilitates local multi-agency partnerships
  • Better stewardship
  • Increases authority, resources, and staff to the field
  • Focuses on local and regional issues and infrastructure improvements

What this would accomplish:

  • Improve federal land and water management
  • Unified regions to facilitate mission delivery
  • One-stop services for public
  • Enhanced partnerships among federal, state, tribal and local agencies
  • Reduce conflict across jurisdictional boundaries
  • Demonstrate the courage of Roosevelt to organize for a better public lands future

Next Steps:

  • We are consulting with Congress, tribes, and state and local partners and other stakeholders on launching the unified regions in FY18
  • Continuing to consult with employees
  • Seeking employee help to capture the benefits of this approach and avoid pitfalls