A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
"Founded in 1997, under a memorandum of understanding with the Department of the Interior. To denote program resources to our retirees and current employees under DOI."
Authority to determine coverage is delegated to the Department of the Interior (DOI). The Bureau FF/LEO Retirement Specialist works with employees and servicing personnel offices to submit recommendations for coverage to DOI.
Established by Department of the Interior (DOI) in 1997, the purpose of FLERT is two-fold: (1) to provide a consistent administration of retirement provisions within the Department of the Interior; and (2) develop a process for handling firefighter and law enforcement retirement that is efficient; done in accordance with the law; serves the interests of the employees covered by the special retirement system; and is done in accordance with best management practices.
FLERT primarily receives, reviews, and processes position descriptions for a coverage determination. If coverage for the PD is denied by the Secretary or his/her Designee, the denial letter is returned to the FLERT office which is subsequently sent to the Servicing Personnel Office (SPO) with guidance to the employee(s) encumbering the position to file for reconsideration if he/she does not agree with the final determination. If an employee encumbers a non-covered PD, he/she must file, within six months, a formal written request for a determination (RFD) for the non-covered position, therein providing evidence to support the requirements found in C.F.R. § 843.804.
FLERT also maintains position and individual FF/LEO records for the: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Office of Aircraft Services, the Inspector General's Office and DOI National offices.
PD Submission Process:
The SPO should submit the position description with a recommendation for the type of coverage requested (e.g., primary or secondary) to FLERT. A certification sheet is formulated then circulated to the Bureau Program Designee and then forwarded to the Secretary or his/her Designee for review and final determination.If the requested coverage is approved, that will end the review process. A Copy of the signed certification sheet is then sent to the SPO. For further guidance see: