Strategic Sciences Group


The Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) was created to meet the immediate need for strategic scientific information and expertise during environmental crises. Established in 2012 within the Office of the Secretary by Secretarial Order 3318 and guided by Departmental Manual Chapter 305-4, the SSG provides the Department with a standing capacity to rapidly assemble teams of experts to construct interdisciplinary scenarios of environmental crises affecting DOI resources.

Through the development and application of science-based scenarios, the SSG can assist strategic response, mid-term recovery, and long-term restoration. In addition, the SSG can provide valuable advisory tools to DOI decision makers as they manage crises at the field, regional, and national levels.