DOI reorg moves employees across the country

The Department of Interior announced that it will be moving tens of thousands of employees to new locations across the country as part of an effort reorganize the management of federal lands, The Hill reports.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the agency will be changing from a bureau-based regional system of management to a system based on ecosystems, watersheds and science, rather than the current state or regional boundaries, the article notes.

The plan calls for dividing up the agency into 13 regions based on geographic basins and watersheds, with different parts of the department located within those boundaries, according to the report, which adds that because moving so many employees would require congressional approval, the agency plans to negotiate the reorganization with lawmakers in the upcoming budget approval.

Reader comments

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Mr. Zinke will need to do a lot more to build trust in his agency before expecting more than just token loyalty and respect from his staff. The difference between people having respect for you and people showing you respect? One is without price; the other is without value.

Fri, Jan 12, 2018

I believe the real driving force is an attempt to decrease the size of DOI. First by getting rid of those who don't want to move, then through RIF's of those who did move. They'll use the excuse the consolidation of Bureaus into ecoregions has shown there are too many people doing similar jobs. The fact the individual Bureaus exist because we are all responsible for different things and that "similar" jobs do not mean "the same" jobs will not matter in the slightest. I'll be one of the ones who retire instead of moving.

Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Many of the Regions are already based on watershed, and thus ecosystem boundries. I'm suspecious. This is going to be costly.

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