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).
Bernard Mazer Selected as Interior Chief Information Officer
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC -- Bernard J. Mazer has been selected to serve as the Department of the Interior's Chief Information Officer, effective June 7, 2010. Before joining the Department, he served as the Chief Information Officer for one of its agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he aligned regulatory and information technology infrastructure to support strategic wildlife habitat and conservation initiatives.
“Bernie brings to this position more than twenty-five years of invaluable government and private business experience in the field of information technology and communications,” said Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology, Information and Business Services. “As a result of his leadership at the FWS, the delivery of IT resources continued to improve in spite of budgetary pressures and an ever-increasing workload.”
According to Jackson, Mazer's 16 years experience in project management and 10 plus years experience in program development will help him tackle complex and challenging projects to move the Department's IT agenda forward. “We will build common, Department-wide IT enterprise services with an emphasis on innovation, cost efficiencies and customer satisfaction,” Jackson said.
As Chief Information Officer for the FWS, Mazer improved and streamlined the bureau's IT capital investment review, empowered the Chief Technology Officer Council with management of information and technology standards, and began to create a true IT service catalog. Before his appointment to the FWS in 2008, Mazer served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID ) as deputy director and chief of the Information Communications and Technology team located within the Infrastructure and Engineering Office in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade Bureau. At USAID, he provided technical leadership and field support to USAID missions overseas in the areas of energy, information and communications technology, and engineering services. He also was involved in the development of IT security best practices and led the implementation of procedures for Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) of IT investments through the rigorous application of project management principles.
Previously, Mr. Mazer worked in the Department of Defense in information management and telecommunications in the United States, Europe and Southwest Asia. He served as a Community Director of Information in Europe where he was responsible for automation, communications, IT security and privacy, records management and the Freedom of Information Act.
Before his service at DOD, Mazer was an instructor for the University of Maryland, European Division, where he taught information management courses on such topics as relational databases, operating systems, and business process design. He also worked in the deployment of standardized installation support systems for the US Army. Mazer, a certified Project Management Professional, has a Master's Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.