Office of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources (OFECR)
The head of the Office of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary -- Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs. The office is responsible for the management and administration of the Indian Affairs facilities management and construction, environmental management, safety and risk management, and cultural resources management programs. The Office of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources provides program services to the Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, and their field organizations. Executive leadership, guidance, coordination and direction are supported through the Office of Facilities Management and Construction, the Division of Safety and Risk Management and the Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management.
The Facilities Management and Construction Center was established under Congressional mandate in 1977; at that time it was placed under the direction of the Department's Office of Construction Management (OCM). In 1997 OCM transferred the Facilities Program operational functions back to BIA, and the organization was renamed the Office of Facilities Management and Construction (OFMC). The Director, OFMC reports to the Director, Office of Management Support Services.
Each of the 12 Regions has a Facilities Manager who reports to the Director, OFMC. At the local level, supervision varies between Education Line Officers and Agency Superintendents, depending on the site.
The Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM)
DSRM provides professional and technical leadership and assistance in managing and administering Bureau-wide safety, occupational health, tort and employee claims, motor vehicle operator program, FECA/OWCP Injury Compensation Program, Indian Highway Safety Program, and the Safety Management Information System (SMIS) reporting requirement. It also develops and implements policies and procedures, provides technical assistance and guidance to Bureau management, field activities and tribal communities and inspects and evaluates Bureau-controlled facilities or equipment for safety and health deficiencies or hazardous conditions and determines required actions.
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