U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
February 3, 2009
In Reply Refer To:
1611 (210) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 02/10/2009
Instruction Memorandum No. 2009-068
DD: 02/13/2009; 02/20/2009
Program Area: Renewable Resources and Planning
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) reaffirms the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) commitment to ePlanning and transmits implementation decisions for ePlanning during FY2009. Assignments to certain offices are made. Requests for additional volunteer offices to be trained and supported during FY2009 and for ePlanning Lessons Learned Reports are made. An ePlanning Assessment Team is established.
Policy/Action: The BLM and the Department of the Interior (DOI) remain committed to fulfilling the goals of ePlanning within the next few years. Based on feedback in the ePlanning for NEPA Implementation Plans, time and effort spent to resolve application bugs, and in consideration of the recommendations of the Field Committee on November 14, 2008, as well as the decision of the Information Technology Investment Board (ITIB) Chair on December 18, 2008, ePlanning will be implemented with a reduced schedule during FY2009.
Timeframe: This IM is effective immediately. Offices are requested to volunteer for ePlanning training, support and use during FY2009 by February 13, 2009. Those offices that have been using ePlanning must provide Lessons Learned reports by February 20, 2009.
Budget Impact: This IM reduces the BLM-wide training costs of implementing ePlanning during FY2009 from what was anticipated in IM-2008-151 and redirects necessary funds for enhanced training and support to the limited number of volunteer offices. Cost savings for the implementation of ePlanning may be realized following a cross-organizational assessment of ePlanning during FY2009.
Background: The DOI has approved and is in the process of implementing the Management Planning and NEPA Blueprint http://www.myinterior.doi.net/oepc/mpnblueprint/mbt.htm for
all agencies within the DOI. One of the recommendations of the Blueprint is that ePlanning become the Interior Land Management Planning System (ILMPS). The BLM’s goal is to complete ePlanning implementation prior to implementation of ILMPS in FY2010; however this timeframe may not be met due to a reduction in the number of offices implementing ePlanning during FY2009. There remains a very aggressive implementation schedule since this affects one of the BLM’s core business processes. While helping to make the Planning and NEPA processes more consistent and efficient on an enterprise-wide level, ePlanning is complying with the BLM policy of data standardization.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: BLM Handbook H-1790-1 NEPA, and Land Use Planning Handbook H-1601-1.
Coordination: This IM has been coordinated between the ePlanning team at the National Operations Center and WO-210.
Contact: Questions may be directed to Karla Bird, Acting Division Chief, Decision Support, Planning and NEPA, at (202) 557-3585; or Carol-Anne Murray; Planning and Environmental Analysis (202) 557-3568.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Michael Nedd Robert M. Williams
Acting, Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560