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 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget serves as the enterprise management entity responsible for providing overall policy direction, leadership, guidance, and assistance on a broad range of management and operational issues that directly affect the Interior Department's ability to fulfill its mission. The Assistant Secretary serves in a number of statutorily designated positions and is the agency's Chief Financial Officer, Chief Acquisition Officer, Chief Human Capital Officer, and Chief Performance Officer. The Assistant Secretary also has responsibility for major operation al components that support Interior-wide functions, including the Interior Business Center, Office of Valuation Services, Office of Aviation Services, Natural Resource Damage Assessment program, Central Hazardous Materials Fund, and the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. The AS-PMB also oversees the Wildland Fire program in coordination with the three land management bureaus and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The AS-PMB plays a pivotal role in the stewardship of Interior's fiscal resources. The Assistant Secretary leads budget formulation and execution activities. The Office is responsible for financial reporting and annual audit activities. The AS-PMB serves as a driver for leveraging performance-based information into decision making and leads the development of the strategic plan, priority goals, the annual performance plans, and quarterly performance reviews. The Assistant Secretary also ensures Departmental compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements related to annual appropriations b ills and related to Department-wide functions such as performance, finance, acquisition and property management, budget, general management, administration, civil rights, and equal access.
The AS-PMB advances management reforms to align efforts among the bureaus and offices and ensure they are complementary to maximize resource sharing across Interior. The Assistant Secretary leads the development of long-term strategies to optimize mission and administrative services and empowers and supports bureau-level, regional and field-based reforms. In addition, AS-PMB is a service provider for the Department for several administrative-oriented functions.
The AS-PMB plays an important role in cross-cutting policy development, analysis and enforcement. The Assistant Secretary guides programs requiring Departmental attention due to their international or national concern, budgetary significance, legislative requirements, precedent-setting nature, or issues crossing bureau or office lines. The AS-PMB promulgates policies, processes, and tools to ensure operationalization of priorities. Through its policy functions, AS-PMB drives management reforms and administrative efficiencies and ensures standardization and cohesion across the Department.
The Assistant Secretary's office serves as the coordinating entity for internal and external stakeholders on a myriad of issues. The Office also coordinates information, outreach, and the development of strategies to address major policy issues of importance to the Secretary, Office of Management and Budget, and Appropriations Committees.
The AS-PMB has led the development of an Inclusive Workforce Strategy that guides Department-wide efforts in creating an inclusive culture where employees are respected, quality of work life is valued, and people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.