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).
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Agency Financial Report provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior (DOI). It is DOI's principal publication to Congress and the American people on the stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds and resources entrusted to us. For the seventeenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. In addition, DOI successfully addressed all prior year significant deficiencies. Unfortunately, two new significant deficiencies arose, one of which is material, but we are confident they can both be addressed in FY 2014.
We believe a change in the reporting landscape is needed to feed today's media driven and information hungry society. Using ingenuity, focused analysis, and interactive data visualizations, DOI is moving reporting beyond the traditional financial statement model with a U.S. data map (www.doi.gov/pfm/afr/2013/maps/index.cfm) where visitors can customize their user experience by selecting several data sources to display the data that is most important to them rather than combing through a table of figures. Visitors can see the "who, what, and where" of DOI's $19 billion expenditures in FY 2013. In addition, it is our hope that increasing our financial data to public exposure with visualization tools (like the map) will add value by promoting transparency, increasing financial accountability and communicating information in a useful, relevant, and easily digestible manner. The DOI recognizes it is just scratching the surface of reporting possibilities and will continue to pioneer innovation in future financial reporting.
Please click the map below for the FY 2013 DOI Data Maps.