Interior Dept. Continuing Reorganization Effort

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s timetable for reorganizing his department and its bureaus calls for the overhaul to be “operational” by July 1, 2019.

National Parks Traveler reported that under his vision, the reorganization that touches the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 12 regions will be created from the Caribbean to Alaska and the Pacific islands. Each region will have one Interior regional director to oversee operations. How those operations will be conducted remains to be seen.

“It is important for you to know that some topics may purposefully lack specific or detailed answers for now because the leaders out in the regions and field stations will be the ones who build and shape their unified regions. One size does not fit all,” Susan Combs, the secretary’s senior advisor exercising the authority of the assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, wrote last week in a mass email to all Interior Department employees. “Our unified regions are very diverse and may take different approaches based on their unique priorities and needs.

“For example, some unified regions have significant recreation components, while other unified regions have significant permitting and collaborative conservation workloads. Some unified regions have significant workloads in all of our mission areas.”

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