Policy and Programs

Policy and Programs plays an instrumental role in the wellbeing of our employees and stakeholders, the efficacy and soundness of our infrastructure, and the implementation of Reclamation law and compliance with environmental laws. The directorate enables Reclamation to carry out its mission with consistency and transparency to its customers and the public. Policy and Programs achieves this through programs and activities across 5 divisions: Design, Estimating, and Construction, Environmental Compliance, Preparedness, Reclamation Law Administration, and Security.

Policy and Programs Directorate
Director: Chris Beardsley

Executive Assistant: Janet Barday
303-445-2133

 

Design, Estimating, and Construction/Dam Safety Officer
Senior Advisor: Brian Becker
303-445-2776

Design, Estimating, and Construction oversight programs provide technical support, advice, review, and study related to, most often, Reclamation’s construction-type projects. The office also hosts the Department of the Interior’s Dam Safety Officer, who provides comprehensive oversight for all dam safety functions at Reclamation, the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Learn more about DEC-DSO:

  • Dam Safety Officer
  • Design, Estimating, and Construction
  • Estimating Process Review
  • Value Program
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    Environmental Compliance Division
    Manager: Lisa Vehmas
    303-445-2925

    The Environmental Compliance Division develops and implements policy and has oversight of Reclamation-wide environmental programs, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, Sustainable Buildings and Energy Management, Cultural Resources, Invasive Species, and Hazardous Materials. The division also provides technical advice, guidance, and training along with compliance testing and assurance. Learn more about Environmental Compliance Division programs:

  • Cultural Resources Management
  • History
  • Invasive Mussels
  • Museum Property
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act and Streamlining
  • Sustainable Buildings
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    Preparedness Division
    Manager: Scott Swanson
    303-445-2909

    The Preparedness Division focuses on Reclamation’s ability to reduce and prevent risks, educate and prepare staff to address unplanned incidents, and develop and implement plans to resume normal operations following unexpected events. The division’s programs include emergency management, programmatic internal control, safety and occupational health, aviation, and coordination of the Reclamation Manual. Learn more about Preparedness Division programs:

  • Aviation
  • Emergency Management
  • Reclamation Manual
  • Safety and Occupational Health
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    Reclamation Law Administration Division
    Manager: Karl Stock
    303-445-2929

    The Reclamation Law Administration Division is responsible for the development, coordination, and consistent application of Federal laws, with emphasis on Federal reclamation law, regulations, and related Reclamation Manual policy and directives and standards. The division provides a vital link between regional/field operations, Reclamation leadership, and Departmental offices addressing title transfer, contracts and repayment, incidental revenues, regulatory affairs and compliance, and planning and economic issues. Learn more about Reclamation Law Administration Division programs:

  • Reclamation Reform Act
  • Fedearl Register Notices
  • Title Transfer
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    Security Division
    Chief Security Officer: John Barrows
    303-445-3796

    The Security Office guides Reclamation’s protection of people and physical assets and works together with regional and field organizations to secure and safeguard critical infrastructure. The office leads comprehensive security management, including law enforcement coordination, guards and patrols oversight, risk-based security assessments, personnel security, and intelligence support.

     

     

     

    Last Updated: 10/29/20