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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

June 8, 2011

1671 (MT930.PD) P 
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-051
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:                   All Montana/Dakotas Employees
From:               State Director
Subject:           Preliminary Montana/Dakotas Strategic Priorities, FY 2012
Program Area: All program areas.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides statewide guidance on preliminary Montana/Dakotas strategic priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2012 (Attachment 1) to all Montana/Dakotas employees. As we close out FY 2011 and gear up for FY 2012, we will be focusing on the important role that we play in contributing to the BLM’s Sound Investment for America. The National System of Public Lands contributed more than $112 billion to the national economy in 2010 and supported more than 500,000 American jobs. Together, as one force, we will carry on this important work we do for America, focusing in FY 2012 on the following Secretary of the Interior priorities: 
  • A New Energy Frontier
  • America’s Great Outdoors and Recreation
  • Youth
  • Managing for Healthy Landscapes in the Context of Climate Change
  • Communities across our great states 
To view the complete list of the the Departmental Highlights, click here http://www.doi.gov/budget/2012/12Hilites/toc.html
While we will continue our commitment to an intensive land use planning initiative across many of our offices, the priorities outlined in the attached framework will guide the establishment of office and individual work priorities. Integral to these strategic priorities is placing continual emphasis on public and employee health and safety. Please keep in mind that this document cannot begin to capture, nor is it meant to include, all work performed in the Montana/Dakotas. Not every office or individual will take on every focus area either. You must decide, with your manager, what your role will be and how you will fulfill it as we manage the natural and cultural resources of the Montana/Dakotas as we contribute to the American economy. 
Policy/Action: This guidance should be applied by all offices in the FY 2012 PTA. It will also be used to further refine priorities and BPS submissions in FY 2012 and FY 2013. Supervisors are encouraged to incorporate these priorities, actions, and outputs into employee Employee Performance Appraisal Plans (EPAPs). 
Timeframe: After Montana Dakotas Leadership (MDL) review and comment in late May, final guidance is being issued in early June concurrent with the Planning Target Allocations.
Budget Impact: This will not directly impact budget allocations, but is expected to be used as guidance in setting priorities and implementing management in FY 2012. Furthermore, it will provide sideboards for FY 2012 and FY 2013 priorities and additional funding requests.
Background: During the April 2011 MDL Team meeting, the key question put to leadership was, “what role does BLM Montana/Dakotas play in contributing to “a sound investment for America?” Further exploration of Montana/Dakotas priorities, as they dovetail with the Secretary’s priorities, help answer that question (Attachment 1). By focusing on our established strategic priorities and looking to the future, the Montana/Dakotas can ably meet challenges presented with ingenuity and determination, and be positioned to effectively compete for and maximize budget dollars through enhanced business practices. While we are committed to these established Montana/Dakotas strategic priorities, your comments and suggestions are always welcome. The State Leadership Team (SLT) will consider your input and then use the identified priorities as part of the Montana/Dakotas work plan for FY 2012. The strategic priorities document will be considered a living document and updated, as needed, by the SLT.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: The Montana/Dakotas, State, and Field Leadership Teams collaborated on the development of the strategic priorities, which embody the spirit of the Secretary’s stated priorities.
Contact: Contact your local member of the MDL team or Pam Dandrea, State Budget Officer, at (406) 896-5186, if you have questions.
Signed by:                                                                                           Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell                                                                                  Barbara J. Riveland
State Director                                                                                      Staff Assistant (MT910)
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Last updated: 06-28-2012