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THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

WASHINGTON

JUL 2 4 2019

Memorandum

To: All

From:

Subject: Our Accomplishments Over the Last Hundred Days

It has been 100 days since I sent you my initial message as Secretary of the Interior, and
I thought it would be useful to share my perspective on the activities during this timeframe.

Before doing so, I want to extend my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to many of you whom
I have met and visited with over the past 100 days. I am continually impressed with our
employees at the Department of the Interior (Department), and I have learned a great deal
through our interactions. I appreciate the suggestions I have received throughout my travels to
local, district, and regional offices to improve our operations, as well as the submissions to the
ideas box. I have initiated and modified several actions based upon your ideas, so please
continue to reach out to me and submit ideas and suggestions to the ideas box at
ideas@ios.doi.gov.

You may recall from my initial message in mid-April 2019 that I outlined priorities the
Department and its Bureaus are committed to advancing. I am pleased with what we have been
able to accomplish and the pace at which we have executed these initiatives. I expressed that we
must find ways to place more resources, decision-making authority, and accountability closer
to the front lines of the organization. We have taken several steps that I believe do that.

• The National Park Service (NPS) is discontinuing an internal management practice,


which has generally limited the expenditure of Federal Lands Recreation
Enhancement Act (FLREA) funds from being used to pay for permanent employees.
The new approach for NPS empowers its park superintendents to use these funds
to hire permanent staff engaged in FLREA-related work-a development that will
improve, in the spirit of FLREA, visitors' experiences at our national parks across
the country.

• After seeking guidance from the career Senior Executive Service Regional Facilitators
for the 12 Unified Regions, we have continued to implement the institutionalization of
the unified regional management initiative by establishing the template for Special
Field Assistants and establishing Field Committees for each Unified Region.
• We announced our intention to realign the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by
establishing its headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado and pushing resources
closer to the field.

The Department is also focused on advancing the President's deregulatory agenda:

• In May 2019, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) finalized
improved blowout preventer and well control regulations. These changes will,
among other improvements, clarify requirements for rig movement reporting and,
for certain submittals to BSEE, streamline monitoring and testing processes to ensure
that they are not duplicative or extraneous. The regulations also maintain rigorous
environmental standards.

• The Bureau of Reclamation announced a new categorical exclusion and an update


of its operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process.

• Announced in June 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service' s (FWS) proposed
2019-2020 Hunt-Fish Rule (Rule) removes or revises an additional 5,000 regulations
that are redundant, complicated, overly burdensome, unaligned to State regulations,
or inconsistent across national wildlife refuges. This Rule will be final by the end of
the summer.

• Increasing accountability and transparency, the Department entered into an agreement


with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to modernize our :financial
assistance programs through the HHS GrantSolutions platform.

• The BLM released the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin for a 45-day public comment period. This Draft
Programmatic EIS analyzes a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed
fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223-million-acre area that includes portions
ofldaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah.

Each of these approaches embodies the President's goals of common sense regulatory reform
and streamlining Government processes.

We have also been working to expand public access opportunities on Interior-managed lands:

• The BLM released a series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing
and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands. The maps allow
individuals to easily plan climbing experiences- a favorite pastime in my hometown
of Rifle, Colorado--at sites all across the West.

• Our proposed 2019-2020 Hunt-Fish Rule expands hunting and fishing opportunities at
74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by FWS across
more than 1.4 million acres. These refuges and hatcheries provide incredible
opportunities for sportsmen, sportswomen, and their families across the country to

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pass on a fishing and hunting heritage to future generations and to connect with
wildlife. On a related note, FWS has also permanently hired 10 hunt and fish chiefs.

• On May 28, 2019, we unveiled a proposal to open access to thousands of acres near
Montana's iconic Lower Blackfoot River. Acquiring these lands dramatically
increases access to public lands available for recreational activities, such as fishing,
hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and snowmobiling.

• We awarded $2.1 million in grants to State and local partners in Colorado, Montana,
Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming for habitat conservation activities in big
game migration corridors and winter range for elk, mule deer, and antelope. Matched
through a public-private partnership, the grants are expected to have a total
conservation impact of more than $10.7 million.

• We committed more than $106.8 million to support 47 public lands projects


throughout the Nevada and California sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin. These projects,
which encompass a broad range of recreation improvements, wildlife habitat
conservation, and hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention projects, are
funded through the sale of public lands under the Southern Nevada Public Land
Management Act.

Consistent with our commitment to improve our national parks and address deferred
maintenance issues, I was honored to be joined by Vice President Pence at Yellowstone on
June 13, 2019, to affirm this administration's call for bipartisan legislation to fix our crumbling
infrastructure. We will continue to pursue common sense policies that ensure our much-needed
deferred maintenance projects are addressed as soon as possible.

Following the Department's nomination, I also commended the decision by the World Heritage
Committee to inscribe a group of eight buildings designed by American architect Frank Lloyd
Wright as a World Heritage Site during its 43rd session in Baku, Azerbaijan.

We have also made progress in consulting with and facilitating self-determination for Tribes,
Alaska Native communities, and U.S. territories:

• In June 2019, the Department held a roundtable listening session with Tribal partners
to address public safety issues confronting Indian Country. Deputy Chief of Staff
Kate MacGregor, exercising the authority of Deputy Secretary, and Assistant
Secretary - Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney were joined by stakeholders from Indian
Country in a discussion that focused on developing a comprehensive approach to
concentrate on cold cases, violent crimes, and missing and murdered American
Indians and Alaska Natives.

• The Department's law enforcement officers at the Bureau oflndian Affairs Office of
Justice Services have been acting upon the administration's commitment to combat the
scourge of opioid trafficking. These efforts, led by the Department's Opioid
Reduction Task Force, with help from BLM, FWS, NPS, U.S. Park Police, Customs

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and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement
Administration, resulted in the seizure of more than 3,200 pounds of illegal narcotics
last year.

• Last week, Assistant Secretary Sweeney and Gila River Indian Community
(Community) Governor Stephen Lewis signed a lease for the Gila Crossing
Community School, the Community's Bureau oflndian Education K-8 school located
in District 6 of the reservation. An innovative partnership between the Department
and the Community resulted in the first-of-its-kind lease in Indian Country that will
result in educating and empowering future generations of the Community' s children.

• In late May 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the Chaco Culture National Historical
Park in New Mexico with Senator Martin Heinrich. Following that meeting, I
instituted a I-year moratorium on oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer of
the park.

• At the White House on May 21, 2019, President Trump held a historic meeting with
the Presidents of the Freely Associated States: President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr,
of the Republic of Palau; President Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall
Islands; and President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia. This
was the first time that the Presidents of these three sovereign Pacific Island N ations
had been invited to the White House by the President of the United States, and I was
honored to meet with each of them at the Department, joined by Assistant Secretary
for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech.

As I look forward to continuing our great work, we continue to build out our leadership team.
Rob Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks; Susan Combs, Assistant
Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget; and Aimee Jorjani, the first full-time Chairman of
the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, have been confirmed. Principal Deputy Solicitor
Dan Jorjani, Aurelia Skipwith, and E . Sequoyah Simermeyer await confirmation as Solicitor of
the Department, Director ofFWS, and chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission,
respectively. Lastly, Perry Pendley has also been appointed as Deputy Director of Policy and
Programs at BLM.

CONCLUSION

Open communication is important to me, and I will continue to share my perspectives with you.
As decisionmakers, please understand that I expect you to have a thorough knowledge and
understanding of the factual and legal setting, as well as our actual decision space when making
a determination. Our conclusions must be grounded in the facts and the laws as they exist, rather
than the facts or laws we might wish to exist to fit a desired policy option.

I look forward to working together in fulfilling the Department of the Interior' s varied missions.