Secretary of the Interior
Action Following Receipt
of Inspector General Reports
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today initiated action following yesterday’s receipt of Inspector General reports on Minerals Management Service (MMS) Royalty In Kind (RIK) program employees. more
Statement by Secretary of the
Interior Dirk Kempthorne
Inspector General Reports
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today issued the following statement following receipt of Inspector General reports on Minerals Management Service (MMS) Royalty In Kind (RIK) program employees. more
Interior, NOAA Extend Comment
Period on Proposed Changes to
ESA Consultation Process
The Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
today announced a 30-day extension to the public comment period on the proposed
rule change to the Endangered Species Act consultation process.
The narrow changes to the consultation process were announced in August 2008
and seek to make the process more efficient by allowing U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and National Marine Fisheries Service employees, who perform the consultations,
to focus their efforts on projects with a significant negative impact on an
endangered or threatened species or critical habitat. more
CORRECTING THE RECORD
Myths and Realities About the
Proposed ESA Regulations on Consultations
Minerals Management Service
More than $63 million in additional benefits was achieved for the Federal Government and American taxpayer in Fiscal Year 2007 through the Royalty in Kind Program administered by the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Jerold L. “Jerry” Gidner announced that he has named Michael S. Black as Regional Director of the BIA’s Great Plains Regional Office in Aberdeen, S.D.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fish and Wildlife Service expends one billionth dollar from Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, marking major milestone for habitat protection.
U.S. Geological Survey
Deposits of undiscovered copper, molybdenum, gold and silver may be present in the Andes Mountains of South America, according to a new scientific assessment led by USGS.
Bureau of Reclamation
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Ames Construction, Inc. of Phoenix and Coffman Specialties, Inc., of San Diego, a contract of $98.3 million to construct a water reservoir and water delivery project in Imperial County, Calif. more
Office of Surface Mining
Nearly 15,000 scientists, researchers, business leaders and government officials gathered for an international geographic information systems conference watched as OSM was recognized for its vision and leadership in using technology to make the Nation’s coal mines safer for the public and to protect the environment. more
DOI Information on Avian Influenza
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PandemicFlu.gov en Español
Readers of People, Land & Water, the U.S. Department of the Interior's news magazine, will now be able to access the publication on the Web. more
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