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Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


Deputy Secretary David Bernhard

Indian Affairs Vacant
Insular Areas Vacant
Land and Minerals Management Vacant
Water and Science Vacant
Fish and Wildlife and Parks Vacant
Policy, Management and Budget Vacant

Fish and Wildlife and Parks Virginia Johnson
Water and Science Vacant
Land and Minerals Management Katharine MacGregor
Policy, Management and Budget Scott Cameron

Chief Information Officer Sylvia Burns
Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall
Solicitor Vacant
Special Trustee for American Indians Vacant

The Department of the Interior protects America's heritage and natural resources, honors its cultures and tribal communities, and supplies energy for powering its future.

The Department of the Interior was created by act of March 3, 1849 (43 U.S.C. 1451), which transferred the Office of Indian Affairs and the General Land, the Patent, and the Pension Offices to the new Department. It was reorganized by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1950, as amended (5 U.S.C. app.).

The Department manages the Nation's public lands and minerals, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and western water resources and upholds Federal trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. It is also responsible for endangered species and migratory wildlife conservation; historic preservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping geological, hydrological, and biological science; and giving financial and technical assistance to the insular areas.


The Secretary of the Interior reports directly to the President and directs and supervises all operations and activities of the Department, which has over 70,000 employees and serves as steward of approximately one­fifth of the Nation's lands.

Fish and Wildlife and Parks

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks oversees natural resources use, management, and conservation programs; National Park and National Refuge Systems lands and cultural facilities; and fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation and enhancement. The Office represents the Department in the coordination and oversight of ecosystems restoration and biological resources programs with States and tribes and other Federal agencies. It also exercises secretarial direction and supervision over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Services.

Indian Affairs

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs establishes and implements Indian policy and programs; maintains the Federal­tribal Government­to­government relationship; assists the Secretary of the Interior with carrying out the Department's Federal trust and treaty responsibilities; directs and supervises the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education; supervises the Offices of Federal Acknowledgement, of Self­ Governance, of Indian Gaming, of Indian Economic Development, and all administrative and financial resource management activities; and maintains liaison coordination between the Department and other Federal agencies that provide services or funding to the federally recognized tribes and to the eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians oversees departmentwide Indian trust reform efforts to increase the Secretary of the Interior's effectiveness at carrying out trust responsibilities to American Indian Tribes, individual American Indians, and Alaska Natives. The Office also has programmatic responsibility for the management of financial trust assets, appraisals, and fiduciary trust beneficiary services.

Insular Areas

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas gives financial and technical assistance to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to promote better governance. It plays a role in the management of relations between the United States and the insular areas by developing and promoting appropriate Federal policies. The Office also carries out the Secretary's responsibilities that are related to the three freely associated states (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau), the Palmyra Atoll excluded areas, and Wake Atoll's residual administration.

Land and Minerals Management

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management oversees the Bureaus of Land Management, of Ocean Energy Management, of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. These bureaus run programs associated with public land management; operations management and leasing of public lands for energy resources and mineral extraction, including the Outer Continental Shelf to the outer limits of U.S. economic jurisdiction; mineral operations management on Indian lands; and surface mining reclamation and enforcement functions.

Water and Science

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science oversees the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Central Utah Project Completion Act Office. It guides policy and oversees program areas dealing with water project operations, facility security, natural resource management, and research involving geology, hydrology, cartography, biology, and technology. It also guides the development of national water and science policies and supports environmental improvement.

Sources of Information


The Department of the Interior has a blog.

Bureaus and Offices

The Department's Web site features a web page that provides easy access to the numerous bureau and office web sites.

Business Opportunities

The Department of the Interior is helping America establish a new foundation for economic prosperity by supporting the transition to a clean energy economy, stimulating local economic growth through stewardship, and procuring goods and services from American businesses. The Department relies on American businesses for bridge, irrigation system, office building, reservoir, road, school, and other types of maintenance.

Additional information is available from the Office of Acquisition and Property Management, 1849 C Street NW., Rm. 4262, Washington, DC 20240. Phone, 202­513­7554.

Career Opportunities

Information to assist persons with disabilities, students and recent graduates, veterans, and others interested in career opportunities is available on the Department's Web site.

Information on voluntarism and service is available on the Department's Web site.

Climate Science

The Department of the Interior posts news items from its Climate Science Centers on its Web site.

Diversity Inclusion

A list of resources is available on the Department's Web site.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Thirteen bureaus and offices support the Department's FOIA operations. The Department's Web site features a single web page that allows convenient access to those bureaus and offices and to their electronic FOIA libraries. From the same web page, an information seeker may file a request, track the status of a request, learn about the FOIA program's structure, and review FOIA-related guidance and resources. Please note: the Department and its bureaus and offices post a great deal of information online; therefore, an information seeker should visit the appropriate electronic libraries and search for the desired information before submitting a FOIA request. That information already may be accessible, immediately and without charge.


The Interior Library's holdings and its reference and research services support the mission of the Department and its agencies and bureaus. Its holdings cover American history, geology, law, national parks, Native American culture and history, nature, and public lands and wildlife management. The library offers subscription databases and other online data sources that give Interior employees and external researchers nationwide access. A holdings catalog and descriptions of educational programs and training opportunities are available on the library's Web site. Please note: A temporary library is now open in Room 2262 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of Interior Building. Phone, 202-208-5815. | Email:

Wing 1 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building is undergoing a 2-year modernization project. On May 30, 2014, the Interior Library closed its historic reading room and stack areas. More information is available online to help patrons understand how the modernization project will affect their access to library resources.


The Interior Museum offers exhibits on the history and mission of the Department. Programs highlight bureau management of cultural and natural resources. Museum guides conduct tours of the Interior Building's New Deal era art and architecture. Phone, 202-208-4743.


The Department posts press releases online.

Open Government

The Department of the Interior supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency. Beyond meeting Open Government requirements, the agency intends to create better relationships between citizens and their Government; to become better at understanding citizens' demands for services and more responsive to their needs; to accelerate the rate of innovation by leveraging public knowledge; to increase the Department's ability to carry out its mission more effectively and efficiently by transparently engaging the public in decisionmaking; and to encourage the development of Open Government programs. | Email:

Organizational Chart

The Department's "About" web page has an organizational chart link.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Sustainability Programs

The Department of the Interior is dedicated to conserving and protecting the Nation's natural and cultural resources now and for future generations. Its employees are passionate about their stewardship responsibility for the resources and properties that they manage for the American People.

Water Conservation

The WaterSMART program improves water conservation and helps water-resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, ecosystem health, and recreation. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its effect on future water demands.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Weldon “Bruce” Loudermilk

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was created as part of the War Department in 1824 and transferred to the Department of the Interior when the latter was established in 1849. The BIA's mission is to fulfill its trust responsibilities and promote self-determination on behalf of federally recognized tribal governments, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. The Bureau provides services directly or through contracts, grants, and compacts to members of 566 federally recognized Indian tribes in the 48 contiguous United States and Alaska—approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

BIA programs cover the entire range of State and local government services. These programs, administered by either tribes or the Bureau, support the following activities: managing natural resources on 55 million acres of trust land, providing fire protection and emergency natural disaster relief, developing economically isolated and depressed areas of the United States, law enforcement and administrating tribal courts and detention centers, implementing land and water claim settlements, building and repairing and maintaining roads and bridges, repairing and maintaining high-hazard dams, and managing irrigation systems and agriculture on Federal Indian lands.

The BIA works with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and organizations, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and other groups to develop programs and implement them effectively.

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

BIA job opportunities, common job documents, and hiring information for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans are available online.

The BIA tweets Indian Affairs job opportunities on Twitter.

Climate Change

The Tribal Climate Resilience program mainstreams climate considerations at the project level through leadership engagement, delivery of data and tools, training, and tribal capacity building. Mainstreaming climate change considerations into all BIA activities is a high priority. Climate change will bring new challenges to Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. The BIA serves as the lead agency to support tribes as they address changes in the climate.

Tribal Climate Resilience Resources are available online.

Estate Planning

The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 (AIPRA) made many changes to the way trust or restricted land and property is inherited. It also made changes that affected land management and purchases. The BIA Web site provides information describing how AIPRA affects wills and inheritance.


A calendar of events is available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Before submitting a written FOIA request, verify that the desired information is not already publicly available. “FOIA REQUEST" must be clearly written on the envelope, and the requester should be as specific as possible in identifying the record or records being sought. He or she should also include a brief description of the reason for the request because the Department of the Interior may use it as a basis for fee reduction or discretionary release of otherwise exempt materials. Requests made under the FOIA become part of the public record and may be placed in BIA public files. A FOIA request should be addressed to the Indian Affairs FOIA Officer, Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW., MS 3070–MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Phone, 202-208-3135 or 202-208-5097. Fax, 202-208-6597. | Email:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The BIA posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.

The BIA Web site also features a "How Do I" informational Web page.


An online document library features frequently requested documents and links.


The BIA posts joint statements, statements, and other news items on its Web site.

The BIA maintains a social media presence on Facebook.­Indian­Affairs­211979362167761

Regional Offices

Contact information for the 12 BIA regional offices is available online.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Bureau of Indian Education

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, Acting

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides quality educational opportunities for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students from federally recognized tribes. The Bureau directs and manages education functions, including forming policies and procedures, supervises program activities, and approves the expenditure of funds appropriated for education functions.

The BIE educates approximately 48,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children at 183 elementary and secondary schools on 64 reservations in 23 States. The Bureau operates 57 of these schools. The other 126 schools are tribally operated under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.) or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.). The BIE oversees two postsecondary schools—Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM—and it funds the Navajo and United Tribes Technical Colleges.

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

American Indian children deserve a quality education—and that starts with highly qualified, dedicated staff and educators. The BIE employees nearly 4,500 professionals in careers that offer unique and diverse cultural and lifestyle experiences. Phone, 505-563-5304. | Email:


The BIE "National Directory" (SEP 2016) is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) online.­045002.pdf

Divisions and Programs

The BIE Web site features a web page with a list of the agency's divisions and programs and links to their web sites.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA requests for BIE records should be sent to the Indian Affairs FOIA Officer. Phone, 202-208-3135 or 202-208-5097. | Email:


The BIE posts news items on its Web site.

The BIE has a Facebook page.

The BIE tweets on Twitter.


Performance and special education reports and school report cards are accessible online.


BIE education line officers, school superintendents, principals, teachers, and staff can access program guidance, handbooks, templates, and training provided in various formats—WebEx or PowerPoint—to refresh professional skills. These online documents and presentations are provided to supplement staff training throughout the school year.


The BIE Web site provides information on scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Bureau of Land Management

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240



The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was established July 16, 1946, by the consolidation of the General Land Office (created, 1812) and the Grazing Service (formed, 1934).

The Bureau sustains the diversity, health, and productivity of America's public lands for the benefit of present and future generations through a mandate of multiple-use and sustained-yield. It manages 1 of every 10 acres of land across the United States, about 245 million acres of land, most of which is located in Alaska and 11 other Western States. The Bureau also manages about 30 percent or 700 million acres of the Nation’s subsurface mineral estate. The Bureau oversees conventional and renewable energy development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting, and it protects cultural, historical, and natural resources. Many of these resources are found on National Conservation Lands, a subset of BLM lands that are federally designated, that cover 32 million acres, and that include 223 wilderness areas and 25 national monuments.

BLM management responsibilities and activities are broad in scope and diverse. It manages Federal onshore coal, gas, and oil operations—and also vast stretches of public lands that will play a significant role in the Nation's emerging renewable energy portfolio. The BLM is already 75 percent of the way to reaching President Obama's Climate Action Plan goal of approving projects that will generate 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. The Bureau also contributes to wildland fire management to protect the public and the Nation's natural resource landscape, recreational areas, and wildlife habitat.

The Bureau manages livestock on 155 million acres of land, administering nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze mostly cattle and sheep. Under the Wild Free-­Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, it also manages herds of wild horses and burros on public rangelands.

Recreation is also part of the BLM's portfolio. Birdwatchers, campers, hang gliders, horseback riders, hunters, mountain bikers, photographers, whitewater rafters, and visitors to cultural and natural heritage sites recreate on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands. The Bureau estimates that it receives approximately 62 million recreational visits per year.

The Bureau's broad management responsibilities require balancing public land uses and protection of public land resources. Working with State and local and tribal governments, stakeholder groups, and the public, the BLM creates land use plans, referred to as Resource Management Plans, to guide decisions for approved uses of and actions affecting public lands.

Sources of Information

Adoption Schedule

The BLM offers wild horses and burros for adoption or purchase at events nationwide throughout the year. The most current adoption event schedule is accessible online.

Business Opportunities

The National Operations Center in Denver, Colorado, and the Oregon/Washington State Office handle most procurements over $150,000 and also award and administer all Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are national in scope.

Government contracting and financial assistance information and resources for small businesses are available online.

Career Opportunities

The BLM relies on people with diverse skills and professional backgrounds—administration and management, biological sciences, business services, cadastral survey and geological sciences, fire and aviation, law and realty, petroleum engineering, and more—to carry out its mission.


Information on BLM Pathways programs for students and recent graduates is available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Instructions to submit a FOIA request for agency records are available on the BLM Web site.


General Land Office Records

The General Land Office Records Automation Web site provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. The Web site also has survey plat- and field note-related images that date back to 1810. Please note: The Web site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.

Reading Rooms

State offices provide facilities where visitors may examine status records, tract books, and other records of public lands and their resources.


The National Conservation Lands program offers online recreational guides for a convenient connection to public lands.

The BLM Web site provides resources for mountain bikers. These resources include the BLM Top 20 Mountain Biking Opportunities list and interactive mountain biking maps for trails on BLM lands.

Renewable Energy

The BLM Web site features a table that contains the locations and other details of the renewable energy projects approved since 2009 on public lands.

Site Maps

An index of BLM site maps is available online. A site map allows Internet visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.


Upon request from organizations within their areas of jurisdiction, local offices will arrange for speakers to explain BLM programs.


Public Land Statistics documents according to year and starting with 1996 are accessible online.

Tables and spreadsheets with data that include the numbers of BLM-administered oil and gas leases, of applications for permit to drill, and of oil and gas wells are accessible on the BLM Web site. Most of the statistics presented cover Fiscal Years 1988–2015.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240-0001


DIRECTOR Abigail Ross Hopper

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was created on October 1, 2011, as directed by Secretarial Order No. 3299, as amended.

The Bureau assesses marine-related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and the nature, extent, recoverability, and value of energy resources and minerals located there. It promotes responsible marine-related activities, including exploring, inventorying, and developing energy and mineral resources; analyzes the potential environmental effects of proposed resource management operations; conducts and oversees environmental studies to inform policy decisions on OCS energy and marine mineral resources management; develops and implements leasing and resource evaluation and management regulations; and oversees the financial accountability of lessees, operators, and operating-rights holders to ensure that they meet financial and contractual commitments.

The Bureau promotes cooperation among the Federal Government, State and tribal governments, and native communities on national, regional, and local issues relevant to the scope of its responsibilities. BOEM activities also support national policy priorities: energy security, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

Information on doing business with the Bureau is available online.


The BOEM Web site features a calendar of upcoming events.

Career Opportunities

The BOEM relies on professionals with engineering and science backgrounds for ensuring the safe and environmentally responsible development of the Nation's offshore energy and marine mineral resources.

The BOEM posts vacancy announcements on its Web site.

Educational Resources

BOEM teacher resources are available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Instructions for submitting a request for BOEM records under the FOIA are available online. The BOEM operates a FOIA requester service center. Phone, 703-787-1818.


The BOEM maintains an online resource evaluation glossary.

Historic Preservation

Archaeologists in Office of Renewable Energy Programs coordinate studies and conduct National Historic Preservation Act reviews to identify and protect archaeological sites and other historic properties. OCS historic properties include aircraft, lighthouses, precontact (European contact with Native Americans) archaeological sites, and shipwrecks. Historic properties onshore come under review when a proposed renewable energy project may affect them. To learn more about investigating the steamship "City of Houston" and German submarine "U–576" and other preservation activities, visit the "Historic Preservation Activities" Web page.


The BOEM Web site has an electronic library.

Marine Minerals

Mineral resources from the OCS are used in coastal restoration projects to address erosion. The BOEM has conveyed rights to millions of cubic yards of OCS sand for coastal restoration projects in multiple States. These projects have restored hundreds of miles of the Nation's coastline, protecting both infrastructure and ecological habitat. The BOEM posts key marine mineral statistics on its Web site. | Email:


The BOEM newsroom features congressional testimony, factsheets, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), leadership presentations, media advisories, notes to stakeholders, science notes, statistics and facts, technical announcements, and videos.

Oil and Gas Energy

The BOEM has posted the 2012–2017 lease sale schedule and information on specific lease sales on its Web site.


Colorful BOEM posters that promote maritime history, ocean science and stewardship, and awareness of marine animals and their habitats are available from the Gulf of Mexico Public Information Office. Phone, 800-200-4853.

Renewable Energy

The offshore renewable energy guide provides background information on ocean renewable energy resources, the Outer Continental Shelf, and alternate uses for oil and gas platforms.

A list of leases that the BOEM has executed since the inception of its renewable energy program is available online.

The BOEM collaborates with States on offshore energy development and is in the process of coordinating Federal-State task forces in certain coastal States. A summary of the status of activity in the various States is available online.

Regional Offices

The BOEM operates three regional offices, one for the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) region, one for the Pacific OCS region, and one for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS regions. Phone, 907-334-5200 (Alaska). Phone, 805-384-6305 (Pacific). Phone, 800-200-4853 (Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic).


The BOEM Alaskan shipwreck table is the most comprehensive compilation of Alaskan shipwrecks to date. The table offers a list of wrecks that occurred in Alaskan waters from 1741 to 2011. The "Shipwrecks Off Alaska's Coast" Web page also features maritime history, ship, and shipwreck links to external Web sites.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests. | Email:

Bureau of Reclamation

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240



The Bureau of Reclamation was established pursuant to the Reclamation Act of 1902 (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.). The Bureau is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its operations and facilities also support recreation and flood control and benefit fish and wildlife.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

The Bureau of Reclamation purchases a wide range of products and services and supports various Federal socioeconomic development programs by reaching out to and assisting businesses. The Bureau also provides financial assistance for programs related to conservation, Endangered Species Act mitigation, rural water, and water management and reclamation and reuse.

The Acquisition and Assistance Management Division is responsible for the Bureau's acquisition and financial assistance policy, acquisition and financial assistance operations, and property programs. Phone, 303-445-2431.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau relies on professionals with expertise in administration, engineering and design, environmental protection, research, wildlife management, and other disciplines to carry out its mission. Career-related information is available from the nearest regional office or the Diversity and Human Resources Office, Denver, CO. Phone, 303-445-2684.


The Bureau maintains a list of links to online resources that provide environmental information.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Contact information for the Bureau's regional FOIA coordinators is available online.

The Bureau maintains an electronic reading room that contains frequently requested records and documents that are currently of special interest.


Definitions for terms commonly used by the Bureau are accessible in its online glossary.

The Bureau maintains a separate online glossary of recreation-related terms.


The Bureau posts news releases and stories on its Web site, which also features congressional testimony, factsheets, photos, and speeches.


Publications for sale are available through the National Technical Information Service. Phone, 800-553-6847.

Reclamation Manual

The Bureau's Web site has an online tool that allows users to search for keywords and terms in the "Reclamation Manual." The manual comprises a series of policy and directives and standards, which collectively assign program responsibility and establish and document agencywide methods of doing business.

Recreation provides information on all recreation facilities on Federal lands, including those owned and managed by the Bureau of Reclamation or one of its partners. Internet visitors can use to make reservations at facilities that require them.

The Bureau's Web site features a list of publications on recreation-related topics.

Regional Offices

Contact information for the Washington, DC, and Denver, CO, based offices and Upper Colorado, Great Plains, Lower Colorado, Mid-Pacific, and Pacific Northwest regional offices is available on the "Addresses and Contacts" Web page.

Water Conservation

The WaterSMART program allows all Department of the Interior bureaus to work with States, tribes, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the Nation by establishing a framework that provides Federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, that integrates water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and that coordinates the water conservation activities of the various Department offices.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Brian M. Salerno

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) was created on May 19, 2010, by Secretarial Order No. 3299, as amended.

The BSEE promotes safety, protects the environment, and conserves resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) through regulatory oversight and enforcement. The Offshore Regulatory Program develops standards and regulations to improve operational safety and to strengthen environmental protection. The Oil Spill Preparedness Division develops standards and guidelines for offshore operators. It also collaborates with sister agencies on spill response technologies and capabilities.

Three regional offices support the Bureau. Their personnel inspect gas and oil drilling rigs and production platforms to ensure compliance with safety requirements. Inspection teams are multiperson, and the expertise of their members spans a range of disciplines.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

Information on doing business with the BSEE is available online.

Career Opportunities

The BSEE relies on professionals with backgrounds in biology, geology, geophysics, engineering, and other fields to carry out its mission.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA gives the public the right to request Federal agency records and requires Federal agencies to make certain records available. The BSEE Web site serves as the portal to the agency's FOIA program. The FOIA is based on the principle of openness in Government: Any person has a right of access to Federal agency records, except to the extent that such records or portions of them are protected from disclosure by exemption or by special law-enforcement record exclusion.

The BSEE maintains an electronic FOIA reading room.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The BSEE promotes safety, protects the environment, and conserves resources offshore through regulatory oversight and enforcement. To accomplish this mission, the Bureau relies on a wide range of world-class professionals. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Web page offers a sample of the questions that BSEE experts address and answers that they have provided. | Email:


This glossary contains common oil and gas exploration and leasing terms, many of which are unique to the drilling industry.


The BSEE newsroom contains feature stories, media advisories, news briefs, photos and videos, press releases, and posts from the Director. The briefing room contains annual reports, congressional testimony, factsheets, speeches, statements, and technical presentations.

The BSEE tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

Offshore Statistics

The BSEE Web sites features a section dedicated to offshore statistics and facts.

Reading Room

The Bureau's Deepwater Horizon electronic reading room contains documents that deal with the BP/Deepwater Horizon explosion and ensuing oil spill and that have been cleared for public release.

Regional Offices

Information on the BSEE's three geographic regions—Alaska OCS, Gulf of Mexico OCS, and Pacific OCS—and their respective regional offices is available on the "BSEE Regions" Web page.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

National Park Service

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Jonathan B. Jarvis

The National Park Service (NPS) was established in the Department of the Interior on August 25, 1916 (16 U.S.C. 1).

The National Park Service protects the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the benefit of present and future generations. The National Park System comprises 401 units. These units include national parks, monuments and memorials, battlefield sites and national military parks, scenic parkways, preserves and reserves, trails and riverways, rivers and lakeshores and seashores, recreation areas, and historic sites of American or international importance. The Service also manages a variety of national and international programs to promote natural and cultural resource conservation and to expand the benefits of outdoor recreation.

The NPS develops and implements park management plans and staffs the areas under its administration. Through exhibits, films, publications talks, tours, and other interpretive media, it promotes the natural values of these areas and communicates their historical significance to the public. The NPS operates a range of visitor facilities, including campgrounds, and provides a variety of food, lodging, and transportation services.

The National Park Service also administers the State portion of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, State comprehensive outdoor recreation planning, nationwide outdoor recreation coordination and information, the National Register of Historic Places and the National Trails System, natural area programs, national historic landmarks and historic preservation, technical preservation services, the historic American engineering record and buildings survey, interagency archeological services, and planning and technical assistance for the national wild and scenic rivers system.

Sources of Information

America the Beautiful Passes

A pass may be used at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites. A pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees and day use fees at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureaus of Land Management and Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Five types of America the Beautiful passes are available: access, annual, annual fourth grade, senior, and volunteer.

Business Opportunities

Visit the "Doing Business With Us" Web page to find information on commercial tours, contracts and procurement, National Park concessions, and special park uses, including commercial filming.

Career Opportunities

To find permanent and seasonal NPS career opportunities online, visit USAJobs, the Federal Government's official source for Federal job listings.

Additional information on internships, permanent careers, seasonal opportunities, and volunteering is available on the "Work With Us" Web page.


An online text box allows Internet visitors to search for NPS employees by last name.

A park directory (SEP 2016) that includes park addresses, codes, phone numbers, and superintendents is available online in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Find a Park

Visitors to the NPS Web site may search for a park by name or by State.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Instructions for submitting a FOIA request to obtain NPS records are available online.

The NPS Web site features an electronic FOIA library.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NPS Web site has answers to these questions.


The NPS's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training maintains an extensive glossary of building stone terms.

The online series "Defining the Southwest" includes a glossary of terms that are often encountered in discussions of the cultures and environments of the American Southwest.

A glossary of geologic terms that the NPS and U.S. Geological Survey western Earth surface processes team compiled is available on the NPS Web site. | Email:


Information is available online for grants authorized under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Phone, 202-354-6900.

Information is also available online for grants authorized under the Historic Preservation Fund. Phone, 202-354-2067.


The NPS posts new releases online.

The NPS Web site features a multimedia section that includes audio, photographs, videos, and webcam.

The NPS tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The NPS maintains a Facebook page.


To explain decisions, document information, and disseminate knowledge, the NPS uses a variety of publications, many of which are accessible online. For example, "The National Parks: Index 2012–2016" can be downloaded as a PDF. The "Publications" Web page offers online access to contemporary and historic reports, periodicals, virtual stacks, and public databases.

Some publications are available for purchase in hardcopy from the U.S. Government Bookstore. Phone, 202-512-1800. Phone, 866-512-1800. | Email:

Regional Offices

Contact information is available online for NPS regional offices and parks and the Washington office.

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240


TDD, 202-208-2694

DIRECTOR Joseph Pizarchik

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) was established in the Department of the Interior by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1211).

The OSMRE carries out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in cooperation with States and tribes. The Office protects people and the environment from the adverse effects of coal mining. The OSMRE assures that land is restored to beneficial use after mining operations cease, and it mitigates the effects of past operations by reclamation of abandoned coal mines. The Office mainly oversees State mining regulatory and abandoned-mine reclamation programs, assists States in meeting the objectives of surface mining law, and regulates mining and reclamation activities on Federal and Indian lands and in those States opting not to assume primary responsibility for regulating coal mining and reclamation activities within their borders.

The Office establishes national policy for the surface mining control and reclamation program, reviews and approves amendments to previously approved State programs, and reviews and recommends approval of new State program submissions. It also manages the collection, disbursement, and accounting of abandoned-mine land reclamation fees; administers civil penalties programs; establishes technical standards and regulatory policy for reclamation and enforcement; offers guidance for environmental considerations, research, training, and technology transfers; and monitors and evaluates State and tribal regulatory programs, cooperative agreements, and abandoned-mine land reclamation programs.

Sources of Information

Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System

To provide information for implementing the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, the OSMRE maintains an inventory of land and water affected by past mining. The inventory contains information on the location, type, and extent of abandoned mine land impacts, as well as information on the reclamation costs. The inventory is based on field surveys by State, tribal, and OSMRE program officials.

Business Opportunities

Information to assist small business operators and owners is available online. For additional information, contact the Acquisition Management Branch. Phone, 202-208-2902.

Career Opportunities

To find employment opportunities at the OSMRE, visit the "Jobs at OSMRE" Web page and click on the USAJobs quick link.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

A FOIA request for OSMRE records may be submitted via electronic or postal mail or by using the Department of the Interior's electronic request form and selecting "Office of Surface Mining" in the drop-down menu. | Email:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSMRE posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.

The OSMRE Web site also features a "How Do I?" section.


Information on regulatory program grants and abandoned mine land grants is available on the OSMRE Web site.


The general public may use the OSMRE online library catalog to locate legal and technical information.

Mine Maps

The National Mine Map Repository collects and maintains mine map information and images for the entire country.

An index that includes over 180,000 maps of closed and abandoned mines is available online. The index serves as an inventory for determining which maps are available. To obtain actual copies of maps, contact the National Mine Map Repository. Fax, 412-937-2888.

Most Requested Content

The OSMRE Web site features a collection of links to its most frequently requested Web pages.


The newsroom features OSMRE stories and news releases.

The OSMRE tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The OSMRE has a Facebook page.

Regional Offices

Appalachian Region Office

Mid-Continent Region Office

Western Region Office


The OSMRE Web site features a section dedicated to electronic, informational resources.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

An A–Z index is also available to help visitors find the information that they seek on the OSMRE Web site.

Top Priorities

The OSMRE Web site features a section on the agency's top priorities. | Email:

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Daniel M. Ashe

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the principal Federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation. The Service's history spans 145 years, dating from the establishment of its predecessor agency, the Bureau of Fisheries, in 1871. First created as an independent agency, the Bureau of Fisheries was later placed in the Department of Commerce. A second predecessor agency, the Bureau of Biological Survey, was established in 1885 in the Department of Agriculture. In 1939, the two Bureaus and their functions were transferred to the Department of the Interior. In 1940, they were consolidated into one agency and redesignated the Fish and Wildlife Service by Reorganization Plan No. 3 (5 U.S.C. app.).

The USFWS works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which comprises 563 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. It operates 72 national fish hatcheries, a historic national fish hatchery, 65 fishery resource offices, and 81 ecological service field stations. The USFWS enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitats, and assists foreign governments with conservation. It also collects excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment and distributes the revenues to State fish and wildlife agencies.

The Service improves and maintains fish and wildlife resources by proper management of wildlife and habitat. It also helps meet public demand for wildlife dependent recreational activities by maintaining public lands and restoring native fish and wildlife populations.

Wildlife and fishery resource programs support the management of wildlife refuges on public lands. Wildlife-related activities include population control, migration and harvest surveys, and law and gaming enforcement for migratory and nonmigratory birds and mammals. Fishery-related activities include hatchery production monitoring, stocking, and fishery management. Fishery resource programs also provide technical assistance for coastal anadromous, Great Lakes, and other inland fisheries.

The USFWS identifies, protects, and restores endangered fish, wildlife, and plant species. It maintains Federal lists of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants that are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 17.11 et seq.), conducts status surveys, prepares recovery plans, and coordinates national and international wildlife refuge operations.

The Service protects and improves land and water environments to benefit living natural resources and to enhance the quality of human life. It administers grant programs that help imperiled species, assists private landowners restore habitat, asses environmental impact and reviews potential environmental threats, manages Coastal Barrier Resource System mapping, monitors potential wildlife contaminants, and studies fish and wildlife population trends.

Public use and information activities include preparing informational brochures and maintaining public Web sites; coordinating environmental studies on USFWS lands; operating visitor centers, self-guided nature trails, observation towers, and display ponds; and promoting birdwatching, fishing, hunting, wildlife photography, and other forms of wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports the conservation and enhancement of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources. Excise taxes on sporting arms and fishing equipment fund these efforts.

Sources of Information


The USFWS Web site features "Open Spaces—A Talk on the Wild Side."

Business Opportunities

An online guide explains how to find business opportunities and to compete for them. Information is also available from regional offices and from the Division of Contracting and General Services in Falls Church, VA. Phone, 703-358-2500. | Email:

Career Opportunities

Information on careers in conservation is available on the USFWS Web site. Additional information is available from USFWS regional offices and the Human Capital Office in Falls Church, VA. Phone, 703-358-1743.

Climate Change

The USFWS Web site provides a collection of links and informational sources for learning about climate science and conservation in a changing climate.


The USFWS Web site features a section dedicated to contaminants—for example, metals and pesticides—and their effects on wildlife.

Endangered Species

The USFWS Web site features a search tool for learning about and identifying endangered species. The text boxes can search for an endangered species based on the State, U.S. Territory, or county where it lives, or according to its common or scientific name.

An online subscription form is available to receive breaking news affecting endangered species, endangered species news stories, and the "Endangered Species Bulletin" via email.

Energy Development

The USFWS Web site features a section dedicated to the development of domestic energy sources and its effect on wildlife.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The USFWS makes records available to the public to the greatest extent possible. The records that are being sought already may be posted online. If the information cannot be found online or if the location of the desired records is uncertain, consider contacting the USFWS FOIA public liaison before submitting a FOIA request. | Email:

The USFWS does not have a centralized records system. Most data and records are kept in field offices. Instructions on where to send a FOIA request for USFWS records are available online.


Ecological Services maintains an online glossary of terms found in environmental legislation.

The Midwest Region maintains an online glossary of terms associated with endangered species.

The Midwest Region also maintains a glossary of terms associated with freshwater mussels of the Upper Mississippi River System.

The USFWS Web site features a short glossary of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) terms in Portable Document Format (PDF).

National Wildlife Refuges

For information on the National Wildlife Refuge System, including information on specific wildlife refuges and wetland management districts, visit the "National Wildlife Refuge System" Web site. Phone, 800-344-9453.

News Media Inquiries

Journalists, reporters, and other media professionals seeking information or to arrange an interview should contact a regional public affairs officer or the Division of Public Affairs in Falls Church, VA. Phone, 703-358-2220.


The USFWS posts news releases online.


Visit the "Do I Need a Permit" Web page to learn the rules for importing, exporting, and reexporting protected species. Information on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates is also available from the Division of Management Authority. Phone, 800-358-2104 or 703-358-2093. | Email:


The USFWS national publications unit is headquartered at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. It is the primary distribution center for printed material published by the USFWS. The publications unit handles requests from Federal and State agencies, businesses, educators, and the general public. USFWS publications include booklets, brochures, posters, and reports. Phone, 800-344-9543.

Some publications may need to be ordered from the U.S. Government Bookstore, which the Government Publishing Office operates. Phone, 866-512-1800 (customer contact center). Phone, 202-512-0132 (store phone). | Email:

Regional Offices

USFWS has regional offices that represent each of its eight geographic regions: Pacific, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Mountain-Prairie, Alaska, and Pacific Southwest. Contact information for each of these regional offices is available on the USFWS Web site.

The Office of Law Enforcement, in addition to its national office in Falls Church, VA, maintains a regional office in each of the eight regions. Contact information for these offices is available on the USFWS Web site.

A State list of other USFWS offices and their contact information is also available online.

Report a Violation

To report a violation of wildlife laws or to learn about enforcement of them, visit the "Office of Law Enforcement" Web site, contact the nearest regional law enforcement office, or call the Office of Law Enforcement in Falls Church, VA. Phone, 703-358-1949. | Email:

Social Media

The USFWS uses social media to communicate and connect with Internet users worldwide. The agency tweets from its Twitter accounts; maintains an Instagram feed and Pinterest board; posts videos on its YouTube channel and photographs on Flickr; and has Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages.

Water Resource Development

The USFWS Web site features a section dedicated to the development of water resources and its effect on wildlife.

United States Geological Survey

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192

703-648-4000 | Email:

DIRECTOR Suzette Kimball

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) was established by the Organic Act of March 3, 1879 (43 U.S.C. 31). Since March 3, 1879, the Survey has provided the United States with science information needed to make important land use and resource management policy decisions.

The USGS serves as the Earth and natural science research bureau for the Department of the Interior. It is the only integrated natural resources research agency in the Federal Government. USGS research and data support the Department's resource and land management information needs. Other Federal, State, tribal, and local government agencies rely on USGS research and data for their biological, climate, energy, mineral resources, natural hazards, and water information needs. Emergency response organizations, natural resource managers, land use planners, and other customers use USGS research and data to protect lives and property, to address environmental health issues, and to promote the public weal.

The USGS conducts research, monitoring, and assessments to increase understanding of America's biological, land, and water resources. The Service informs American citizens and members of the global community by producing data, maps, and reports containing analyses and interpretations. These analyses and interpretations cover a range of topics: biological, energy, mineral, and water resources; land surfaces; marine environments; geologic structures; natural hazards; and dynamic processes of the Earth. Citizens, managers, and planners regularly use USGS data, analytical, and interpretive products to respond to and plan for changes in ecosystems and the environment.

The USGS has 135 years of experience generating science-based data. In more than 400 science centers across the United States, the Service employs 8,000 science and science-support staff, who work on locally, regionally, and nationally scaled studies, on research projects, and at sampling and monitoring sites.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

General information on contracting is available from the Office of Acquisition and Grants. Phone, 703-648-7376.

Email addresses and phone numbers for contacting USGS small business specialists are posted online.

Career Opportunities

The USGS relies on professionals with a range of expertise and diverse skills to carry out its mission. Many of these professionals were educated and trained in the sciences: biology, chemistry, cartography, ecology, geology, geography, hydrology, and physics.

Information on opportunities for students and recent graduates is available on the USGS Web site.

Earthquakes for Kids

Earthquakes for kids provides online resources to help children and adults learn about earthquakes and earthquake science.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA electronic reading room contains documents related to the Flow Rate Technical Group in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These documents have been cleared for public release, and the USGS expects to publish additional documents to this collection. Before submitting a FOIA request for agency records, an information seeker should search this reading room and other Federal Government Deepwater Horizon electronic reading rooms for documents and information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The USGS posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


The volcano hazards program includes an online glossary.

The earthquake hazards program includes an online glossary.


Information on financial assistance programs is available on the USGS Web site.


The Landsat Web site features colorful images spanning the globe.


Maps, publications, reports, and a variety of biological and Earth information resources and historical documents are available through the USGS library system. The USGS Web site features a tool for searching the library's catalog. | Email:

National Map

The National Map Web site offers Internet users a trove of topographical information.

Natural Hazards

Information on the programs and activities of the natural hazards mission—including information on earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides—is available online.


USGS national and State news items are posted online.

The USGS tweets on Twitter and has a Facebook page.


The USGS publications warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications written by USGS scientists throughout the agency's history.

Report a Landslide

An online form is available on the USGS Web site to report a landslide.

Science Snippets

The USGS posts fun facts and interesting snippets of science on its Web site.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

USGS Store

Educational materials, Federal recreation passes, maps, scientific reports, and more are available from the online USGS Store.

Volcano Notification Service

This electronic notification service keeps subscribers abreast of volcanic activity at U.S. monitored volcanoes.

Water Data

Reliable, impartial, and timely information on the Nation's water resources is available on the USGS Web site. Phone, 888-275-8747.

The USGS manages water information at local water resources offices located nationwide. The offices are linked through a computer network; however, each office collects data and conducts studies in a particular area. Local information is best found at a local site or at neighboring sites. | Email:

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