Interior Department

  • Salazar to step down as Interior secretary

    Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator and attorney general, handed in his resignation as secretary of the Interior to President Barack Obama, according to a department spokesman. Salazar joined the administration in 2009, when Obama assumed his office.

  • OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals

    The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency’s goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB’s Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.

  • Agencies making inroads with workforce, succession planning

    IRS, DoD and Interior all are pursuing an assortment of initiatives to prepare for personnel reductions. DoD will release an updated workforce strategic plan by 2015. The IRS is using an online assessment tool to measure how ready employees are to move into leadership positions. Interior is getting managers to understand their important role in workforce planning.

  • New contracts set EPA’s roadmap toward IT centralization

    Malcolm Jackson, the agency’s CIO, said two new contracts for IT hardware and email will begin to transform the way EPA buys and uses technology. November 29, 2012

  • Locality pay, official time reports likely to rekindle federal pay debate

    The Federal Salary Council will submit to the Federal Pay Agent in the coming weeks a recommendation to increase the number of localities that get special pay rates. OPM also will release the annual report on how much time federal employees spend on union activities during working hours. CHCO Council will also consider certification process for HR employees.

  • OMB to give CIOs IT hunting license through broadening of authorities

    The administration wants chief information officers to take more control over spending on technology, especially in those areas in the “shadows.” OMB acting Director Jeff Zients said the Interior Department’s approach to giving its CIO control over almost all spending is a model for the rest of the government. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to release a report on expected savings from PortfolioStat in the coming months.

  • OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

    Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama’s goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

  • Interior reduces hiring time, manager paper cuts

    The Interior Department’s new, simplified hiring process has slashed hiring time by more than 100 days. Much of the change results from less paperwork for managers, a department leader told Federal News Radio.

  • Interior, DoD to convert unused bases to energy projects

    Interior estimates 13 million acres in the Western United States have high winds, lots of sunlight, or sit on top of geothermal sources.

  • Reorganization and Restructuring in Government presented by Deloitte

    The next five to 10 years may represent a once-in-a-generation period of challenges and opportunities for the Federal government. The question isn’t whether or not your organization will be affected by the shifts but whether or not your organization will be out in front of them.

    Reduced budgets combined with unchanged – or more complex – missions have resulted in increasing workloads, which have sent agencies searching for ways to leverage limited resources while striving to improve mission performance. So, how can agencies reduce inefficiencies and redundancies without significantly impacting their core missions?