The DOI Medical Officer has oversight responsibility for the Department’s occupational health program. In fulfilling the oversight responsibility, the DOI Medical Officer’s role ensures individual accountability and provides a mechanism for a uniform and consistent application of medical decisions and policies throughout the Department. Specific operational assistance and services from the DOI Medical Officer can be arranged individually by bureau, regional, or local agency management.
The DOI Medical Officer does not have personnel or management decision-making authority within DOI. All input from or by the DOI Medical Officer must be considered only as consultative or advisory in nature, and the use of such advice and consultation is solely at the discretion of DOI managers.
With this in mind, the DOI Medical Officer provides or oversees the following advisory and consultative services:
(1) Provides up-to-date and complete medical and technical information regarding specific medical and physical conditions or medical examination procedures relevant to existing or proposed physical requirements or health related personnel management programs for federal employees;
(2) Reviews and makes recommendations regarding the results and conclusions derived from medical examinations conducted by non-DOI or DOI contract physicians;
(3) Provides technical assistance (including advisory opinions in medical and occupational health areas, e.g., worker’s compensation, disability retirement, medical standards, civil lawsuits, MSPB challenges, EEOC cases, etc.) to ensure compliance with agency policy;
(4) Provides expert reviews and analyses of medical documentation and other materials submitted in support of: