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Interior reorganization continues with release of final map


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In 2017, the White House announced plans to streamline government agencies and increase efficiency. That included reorganizing the Interior Department so that most of its bureaus would follow the same regional lines. Currently, DOI has eight bureaus with 49 different regions. Officials said the impetus behind the reorganization was to modernize the department, shift resources to the field and away from Washington and improve interagency coordination and collaboration. Last week, Interior released additional information about the transition to 12 unified regions, along with a final map showing the new regional boundaries. In the next few weeks, the department expects to initiate steps to align itself into the 12 new regions. In late 2017, witnesses at a Congressional hearing were generally supportive of efforts to streamline government and increase efficiency, but they were leery about the lack of detail then available about the reorganization. In January, the reorganization became more concrete as Interior official hosted meetings and calls with state governors, local governments and external stakeholders to discuss a draft map of the Unified Regional Boundaries concept. That map showed 13 administrative regions. A revised map released in March also consisted of 13 regions. Last week’s map shows 12 regions, largely based [...]

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