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).
General travel guidelines for DOI employees can be found in the
Departmental Manual, specifically 347 DM. Additional guidance for international
travel can be found on this page or by contacting your bureau's international travel
coordinator (see table below). DOI employees traveling for the International Technical Assistance program should review the process detailed here and visit the ITAP page for additional information.
All DOI Employees must have the following documents prior to
Travel Authorization: A Travel Authorization (DI-1020) is required for each international
trip. Blanket TAs are not allowed for international travel. Each Assistant
Secretary determines who signs the TA for their office and Bureaus. The TA is
not signed nor reviewed by the Department.
Foreign Travel Certification: The Department's Foreign Travel
Certification Form (DI-1175)is required for each international trip, except for Canada and trips that do not
involve an overnight stay. (Note: this requirement includes the freely
associated States of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall
Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, but not U.S. territories.) Each
Assistant Secretary determines who signs the DI-1175 for their offices and
Bureaus. For trips to Canada and trips that do not involve an overnight stay, a
DI-1175 may still be required for internal bureau control purposes; communicate
with bureau international offices if the need arises. All travel that does not
require an approved/signed DI-1175
an approved Travel Authorizationshould
be provided to the Passport Office in order for the traveler to be provided
their official passport.
The DI-1175 also
must be approved by the Department via the Office of International Affairs. USGS travelers should contact their
bureau's International Programs Office for guidance on submitting the DI-1175
to the Department. Non-USGS travelers
must request OIA approval through the OIA
U.S. Embassy Approval: Requests for embassy approval can be made by a bureau's International Office or
by the traveler themselves via the State Department's eCountry Clearance website.
Please check with your bureau representative to determine if you are
responsible for submitting the clearance. Employees in the Office of the
Secretary are responsible for submitting their own clearance.
It is highly recommended that travelers check the most recent
State Department warnings and alerts to learn about security risks for American
travelers in a given country. Travel warnings and alerts can be found at http://travel.state.gov. OIA
also suggests that travelers register for in the Smart
Traveler Enrollment Program.
Official U.S. Government
Passport: Employees traveling internationally on government business are
required to travel on official passports (and visas as required). DOI
employees (except for USGS and BOR) whose positions require international
travel must apply for and obtain their official government passports through
the Passport and Visa Division of the Department's Office of International
Affairs (OIA). Bureau employees should submit a request for issuance of a
passport through their Bureau International Travel Coordinator.Employees of the Office of the Secretary or
PMB seeking an official passport may contact OIA's Passport and Visa Division directly at email@example.com. Please submit
applications at least 4-6 weeks in advance of travel to the OIA's
Passport and Visa Division, to allow time for processing by the State
Department's passport office. Passports can be requested using this form and a
DI-117/TA (as applicable).USGS and BOR International
Offices can obtain passports and visas for their employees. Normally, an
official passport must be valid for six months after your
date of travel, as many countries will not accept passports that are near
Please note that bureau employees must work with their bureau's International Office
Travel Contacts to process all of the documents listed above according to
their bureau's policy. Office of the Secretary and PMB Employees should
contact the DOI Office of International Affairs.
DOI employees traveling for the International
Technical Assistance Program: The ITAP travel process of DOI employees is detailed here, and forms and instructions for ITAP travel can be found on DOI-ITAP's travel page.
Travel Regulations of Particular Concern to Foreign Travel
All DOI employees must follow U.S. Government
Regulations regarding foreign travel, which require the use of U.S. owned
airlines to and from the continental U.S., regulate when different classes of
travel are permitted, and define when layovers for travel are allowed.
All DOI employees are required to make foreign
travel arrangements through the DOI-approved travel system. They cannot be
arranged outside of the contracted providers nor paid for with a personal
credit card. Use of the travel system will assure compliance with federal
official travel regulations.
Note that country clearances, passports, and visas may take several
weeks to process. Travelers should initiate necessary action as early as
Department and Bureau International Travel Contacts