U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
April 27, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
1115 (172) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/03/2010
Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-110
To: State Directors and Assistant Directors
From: Deputy Director, Operations
Subject: Bureau of Land Management Youth Initiative and Employment Goals
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to provide direction on field implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Youth Initiative as well as guidance on BLM youth employment goals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.
Background: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has pledged that the Department of the Interior (DOI) will create the “Next Generation of Conservation Leaders. As part of the Secretary’s Youth in the Great Outdoors Initiative, the DOI has committed to:
Policy/Action: For FY 2010,the DOI has established Bureau-specific goals for increasing youth employment. The goal for BLM is to increase youth employment by 35 percent over 2009 levels. Attached is a chart with 2010 employment goals for each State. These goals represent a 35 percent increase over the employment numbers that the States provided to the Washington Office in a data call in August 2009.
Since that time, the DOI has clarified that all categories of youth employment should be counted. States are requested to track youth employment that meets the following criteria.
The DOI has issued additional guidance to the Bureaus on implementing the Secretary’s Youth Conservation Corps initiative. The guidance stresses that increased youth employment should be accomplished by expanding use of youth hiring authorities; leveraging partnerships; using proactive targeted recruitment; and providing hands-on, meaningful work experiences. A copy of that guidance is attached.
Reporting Requirements: Because the youth employment goal is a Department High Priority Goal, the DOI will be reporting on a quarterly basis to the Office of Management and Budget. The format of the report and the milestones to be tracked are still being developed by the DOI. For these quarterly reports, the DOI will rely on employment data from the Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS), which provides information about SEEP, FCIP, PMF, and seasonal employees.
By October 1, 2010, the DOI will require each Bureau to report on youth employment in all categories for FY 2010. The WO-170 and WO-700 will coordinate this reporting effort by providing separate tracking guidance to State Youth Leads and State SEEP Coordinators.
The DOI has also advised the Bureaus that baselines for youth education and engagement programs will be established in FY 2010. These include such BLM programs as Take It Outside and Hands on the Land. The WO-170 will be providing additional information on this effort as part of its announcement on Youth Incentive Funding grants for FY 2010.
Timeframe: Effective immediately.
Budget Impact: Minimal.
Manual/Handbook Section Affected: None.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated by WO-170 and WO-700.
Contact: If you have any questions concerning the content of this IM, please contact Mary Tisdale, Chief, Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships (Mary_Tisdale@blm.gov; 202-912-7450), or Betsy Wooster, National Youth Programs Coordinator (Elizabeth_Wooster@blm.gov; 202-912-7454); or Anzanette Randall, Acting Chief , Recruitment and Retention Programs Branch (Anzanette_Randall@blm.gov; 202-254-3314).
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Mike Pool Robert M. Williams
Deputy Director, Operations Division of IRM Governance,WO-560