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Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation’s principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America’s natural resources, offer recreation opportunities, conduct scientific research, conserve and protect fish and wildlife, and honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and our responsibilities to island communities.

DOI manages 500 million acres of surface land, or about one-fifth of the land in the United States, and manages hundreds of dams and reservoirs. Agencies within the DOI include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Minerals Management Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The DOI manages the national parks and is tasked with protecting endangered species.

The Secretary of the Interior oversees about 70,000 employees and 200,000 volunteers on a budget of approximately $16 billion. Every year it raises billions in revenue from energy, mineral, grazing, and timber leases, as well as recreational permits and land sales.

DoI IT Strategic Plans

  1. IT Security & Privacy
    1. Ensure that private and sensitive information is adequately protected
    2. Consistently manage logical access authentication credentials (e.g., HSPD-12, E-Authentication, Active Directory, other authentication and directory services, etc.), and ensure consistent secure identification, authentication, authorization and access of internal and external users to DOI IT systems and network resources
    3. Develop a strategy for Identity Management
  2. IT Infrastructure
    1. Provide reliable IT Infrastructure to deliver E-Gov Services
    2. Alight IT Infrastructure strategic planning with the Infrastructure Optimization Infrastructure line of Business performance measurement objectives and milestones
  3. Enterprise Architecture
    1. Achieve and maintain a green rating for “Completion”, “Use” and “Results”
    2. Institutionalize the management of Information/data as a Departmental asset
  4. E-Government and Disaster Management
    1. Implement the new DOI E-Gov Strategy FY 2008-FY2013 to improve DOI E-Gov Service Delivery
    2. Institutionalize the management of data needed for emergency alerting and management of emergency incidents.
  5. Capital Planning and Investment Control
    1. IT investments meet business goals, objectives, and plans including schedules and budgets
  6. Information and Records Management
    1. Develop consistent records management policy in bureaus/offices
    2. Promote education and awareness for the management of records
    3. Identify common business lines, processes and procedures to use in an analysis to determine the feasibility of implementing an electronic records management system Department-wide.
  7. IT Workforce Management
    1. Ensure the availability of IT human capital capable of meeting the goals and DOI mission challenges

Cyber/Information Technology Movements

  • Today the DOI, like many others in the federal space, is pushing towards cloud capabilities.
  • DOI Cyber Security Goals:
    • Establish a level of IT security for all unclassified IT systems and information commensurate with the sensitivity of the information and with the risk and magnitude of loss or harm resulting from improper operation or losses resulting from fraud, waste, abuse, disasters, or mismanagement.
    • Define, manage, and support the security planning process for all DOI systems.
    • Establish a program to formally certify and authorize processing of SBU data on all systems within DOI.
    • Define and manage the contingency planning process, including training and testing, to provide IT systems with adequate continuity of operations upon disruption of normal operations.
    • Understanding, by all levels of DOI, the critical role of IT security to achieve DOI’s missions and be appropriately and periodically trained through an IT security awareness and training program.
    • Define and manage the computer security incident response capability program for all DOI employees.
    • Use the procedures outlined in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and other Federal government guidance except where the costs of using such standards exceed the benefits or where use of the standards will impede DOI in accomplishing its mission.
  • CIO developing IT measuring tools similar to TechStat (the White House initiative). It is called IStat and is supposed to ensure the projects don’t go off schedule/over budget/into failure

Assessment

DOI actions in cyberspace are aimed at the right goals. But budget pressures probably mean their key focus will be towards FISMA compliance.

Items of Interest

GSA chose Gmail and Google Apps for Government for email

According to GSA, moving its employees to Google Apps for Government will equate to a 50% savings on staff, infrastructure and contract support costs for email over the next five years. Currently, GSA uses IBM Lotus Notes for its email accounts, and a number of other Lotus tools for collaboration. The agency’s existing infrastructure is more than five years old and spread across more than a dozen global locations, according to procurement documents. “With this award, GSA employees will have a modern, robust email and collaboration platform that better supports our mission and our mobile work force, and costs half as much,” GSA CIO Casey Coleman said in a statement.

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