U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
June 12, 2012
In Reply Refer To:
1610 (210) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 06/14/2012
Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-138
To: All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Review of the Socioeconomic Strategic Plan DD: 07/13/2012
Program Areas:All Programs
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) requests comments on the draft Socioeconomic Strategic Plan (Attachment 1), which proposes a series of goals and actions to improve the use of social science information and analysis at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Policy/Action: The BLM managers and staff at State Offices, Field Offices, Centers, and the Washington Office (WO) are requested to provide comments on the clarity and appropriateness of the attached Strategic Plan. Each BLM WO Division and State Office should submit one set of consolidated comments through the Deputy State Director – Resources (or equivalent) using the attached comment form.
Timeframe: Please submit all comments by July 13, 2012 to Rob Winthrop at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: Joel Larson at email@example.com.
Budget Impact: Minimal.
Background: This Strategic Plan will guide the development and use of socioeconomic information and capacity at the BLM. The plan development was led by a committee representing Field, State, Center, and WO managers and staff. The BLM’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) endorsed an earlier version of the key goals and strategies (now Section 3 of the Plan) in October 2010.
The Strategic Plan has three sections:
For this review, please consider the following questions:
In addition to BLM review, the Socioeconomics Program will be seeking comments from external stakeholders, including the National Association of Counties and several resource-specific interest groups (e.g., American Petroleum Institute, Wilderness Society).
As directed by BLM management, the Socioeconomic Program has begun implementing several action items outline in the Strategic Plan. For example, the ELT has approved a proposal to zone four specialists across the BLM to respond to emerging socioeconomic needs, provide social science training, and support quality control for NEPA documents.
Once the Strategic Plan is adopted, WO Socioeconomic Staff will work with a steering committee to prioritize additional actions described in Section 3 and develop an annual work plan.
The zoned socioeconomic positions will also help implement the Strategic Plan, according to direction from the steering committee.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: The document has been reviewed by the BLM socioeconomic staff, the Socioeconomic Oversight Committee (composed of Field, State, and WO staff and managers), and several Resource Advisory Councils.
Contact: Rob Winthrop, Senior Social Scientist (WO-210), 202-912-7287; Joel Larson, Social Science Program Analyst (WO-210), 202-912-7869.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning