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).
January 22, 2010: Identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value data sets and register those data sets via data.gov. Completed:Interior posted the high-value data sets by January 22, 2010.
Accountability / Data Integrity
January 22, 2010: Designate a high-level senior official to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, publicly-disseminated federal spending information. Completed:Interior Secretary Salazar has designated Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, as our accountable official.
DOI.gov/Open Web Presence
February 6, 2010: Create an Open Government Web page to serve as the gateway for EPA activities related to the Open Government Directive. Completed: Interior posted the /Open Web page on February 5, 2010.
February 6, 2010: Incorporate a mechanism on the Open Government Web page to:
provide input on the Agency's Open Government Plan,
provide input about which information to prioritize for publication, and
give feedback on assessment of the quality of published information.
In addition, develop and staff a plan to respond to public input received on the Open Government Web page on a regular basis.
IdeaScale enables the public to suggest new ideas or vote and comment on other ideas. Interior management and staff will review and summarize public input received through IdeaScale and/or other means on a weekly basis.
Open Government Plan
April 7, 2010: Develop a plan for how the Agency will improve transparency and integrate public participation and collaboration into its activities.
On April 7, Interior published the DOI Open Government Plan. To ensure institutionalization and lasting sustainability of open government principals within DOI, this plan is purposely designed to be a living document – a frequently updated framework that provides direction throughout the Agency. The nature of this plan requires constant incorporation of feedback and is intended to be updated as frequently as each quarter. We encourage you to read our open government plan and provide us with feedback on ways you think it can be improved. Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to our Open Government Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.