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).
Interior Completes Deployment of its Financial and Business Management System
Office of the Secretary Policy Management and Budget
Bureau of Reclamation Joins Rest of Department in Integrated Business Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior announced today completion of its multi-year project to replace and integrate the outdated acquisition, financial, and management systems of the department and its bureaus. With deployment of the Financial and Business Management System (FBMS) to the Bureau of Reclamation, all of the Department's business operations are now utilizing this cutting-edge enterprise management system.
“Interior is proud to be at the forefront of Federal agencies modernizing their financial and business management. The completion of deployments allows us to increase efficiency and make government work better and smarter,” Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Rhea Suh said.
Reclamation joins the other Interior bureaus and offices using FBMS including the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education, the National Park Service, Departmental Offices, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, the Office of Surface Mining, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The system creates a modern business environment by delivering integrated core financials, budget execution, acquisition, personal property, fleet management, real property, travel, financial assistance, and enterprise management information and reporting.
“The improvements brought to Interior through this project have advanced our ability to support mission initiatives and improve accountability and transparency,” Suh noted. “We have used the project to further business objectives and we look forward to leveraging our investments by optimizing the use of this powerful system.”
Full deployment marks successful conception and deployment of an enterprise-wide business management solution for the entire department. Employees are able to more rapidly access information, reduce duplicative data entry, manage end-to-end transaction processing, and support transparency of financial transactions, contracts and grants.
With each bureau deployment, the Department secured a clean audit opinion and significantly improved internal controls, transparency, information technology security, and functionality. This latest deployment included the release of a modern financial consolidation and reporting solution, improvements related to purchase requisitions and property disposition; enhancements to ensure federal systems compliance, and integration with a new travel solution.
The FBMS has led to improved business operations. In the process of implementing the new system, the Department identified 82 legacy systems for decommissioning. With each deployment, Interior has enhanced the capabilities of FBMS and improved business processes in information management security and internal controls; transparency; cost information, tracking and auditing capabilities; reporting capabilities; data integrity and retiring aging and unsupported legacy systems.