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Strategic Plan

In 1993 the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) legislated the requirement for Federal Agencies to produce Strategic Plans, Annual Plans and Performance Reports. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) interprets the requirements and provides guidelines for planning and reporting in OMB Circular A-11 section 6 (PDF). The President´s Budget, with guidelines also prescribed in OMB Circular A-11, includes the GPRA Annual Plan and report on the prior year. The Department of the Interior also issues an "Agency Financial Report (AFR) and Annual Performance Report (APR)" that provides a report on performance metrics for the previous fiscal year. In 2011, new legislation, Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 was signed into law. Changes to the original GPRA legislation include:

  • New agency strategic plans have to be passed within a year of a new term of a president
  • Restates basic elements of Agency strategic plans but makes a few changes along the lines of the following:
    • More emphasis on tying programmatic efforts across agencies.
    • Identification of low priority programs based on evidence.
    • Allows for use of non-quantitative measures if appropriate.
    • Creates a role for the chief human capital officer in the strategic plan development.
    • Performance reporting: plans and performance data should be available online in a searchable format.

DOI Strategic Planning

FY 2014 - 2018 DOI Strat Plan (2 MB PDF)

FY 2011 - 2016 DOI Strat Plan (3.5 MB PDF)

FY 2007 - 2012 DOI Strat Plan  (This link leaves the USGS)

FY 2003-2008 DOI Strat Plan  (988 KB PDF)

Facing Tomorrow's Challenges—USGS Science in the Decade 2007-2017


If anyone has questions regarding any of the PDF documents, please contact Beth Cox at 703-648-4444 or

FY 2014-2018 DOI Strat Plan publication cover

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