Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Enterprise Architecture (EA) program fulfills multiple Federal mandates related to planning and managing information technology (IT) investments and ensures the DOI's compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and Federal Transition Framework (FTF), and responds to regular EA maturity assessments performed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and OMB.
The EA program is led by the Performance, Planning, and Architecture Division (PPAD) that reports directly to the Associate Deputy Chief Information Officer (ADCIO) for Service Planning and Management (SPM) within the Office of the Secretary (OS). The DOI EA program provides strategic planning, business analysis, and decision support services. Through these services, the program helps DOI plan and implement business and information technology (IT) solutions and guide its IT investment portfolio.
The DOI EA program provides information and capabilities that support numerous DOI programs, with current and planned uses for the DOI EA including:
Supporting strategic planning and alignment of business and IRM goals and objectives
Maintaining baseline and target architecture information in a centralized repository
Ensuring IT projects align with the Enterprise Architecture
Defining a performance management framework for measuring success of initiatives
Supporting Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) processes and activities
Supporting investment technical review and approval
Identifying technical and process improvement opportunities
Supporting Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) processes
Supporting information security management processes
Identifying opportunities for collaboration, reuse, data sharing and consolidation
Documenting enterprise service capabilities available for use across the Department
Defining, publishing, and enforcing compliance with architectural standards
Ensuring alignment with relevant cross-agency and government-wide initiatives
Developing and instituting governance structures & processes
Collaborating with business and management functions across DOI to develop:
The DOI EA program engages with business leaders to develop value-added plans for improving mission delivery. These plans are developed through processes derived from the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM) along with the guidance contained in the Common Approach for Federal Enterprise Architecture. To date, DOI has developed the following modernization blueprints:
Human Resources Management
Management Planning and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
The DOI EA program collaborates with Capital Planning Investment Control representatives in the development of segment roadmaps. The segment roadmaps enable previously developed blueprints and are living documents that identify and monitor projects across a 5 year time frame. DOI is currently developing the following segment roadmaps: