Interior Secretary Ken Salazar loves to communicate with his employees. Unfortunately, he chooses the strangest topics to cover in his messages to “All DOI Employees.”
In recent months, he’s touted bureaucratic growth, promoted deviant sexual behavior and bashed “Big Oil,” just to name a few. His most recent message, sent yesterday via one of his underlings, invites employees to attend the Blacks in Government (BIG) National Training Conference. The text of the message appears below:
From: DOI Announcement
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:40 AM
Subject: ALL DOI Nationwide – Blacks in Government National Training Conference and the Department of the Interior Agency Pre-Conference Forum
To: All DOI Employees
From: Pamela Malam, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity (Signed)
Subject: Blacks in Government National Training Conference and the Department of the Interior Agency Pre-Conference Forum
Reply Due: August 6, 2010
The Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Civil Rights, is sponsoring a Pre-Conference Forum for DOI Employees in conjunction with the Blacks in Government (BIG) National Training Conference on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Kansas City Convention Center, H. Roe Bartle Hall, 201 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The Forum is being co-hosted by the Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region. The theme is “Renew, Respect, Restore.” The agenda includes a diversity training module titled Generations: Renew, Respect, Restore, which will be conducted by diversity consultant Dr. Wanda M. Costen.
BIG is convening its annual National Training Conference on August 16 – 20, 2010, at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri. The BIG theme is “The New BIG: Taking Chances, Making Changes, and Preparing Leaders.” The Conference promotes professional development, cultural awareness, and continuing education. This Conference qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 (see attached Office of Personnel Management Memorandum). Further information about the BIG National Training Conference is available at www.bignet.org.
There is no cost to attend the DOI Pre-Conference Forum. Attendance counts toward meeting the annual requirement of EEO and Diversity training for managers and supervisors. This learning event is also recommended EEO and Diversity training for all employees. Employees attending the 2010 BIG National Training Conference are expected to attend the DOI Pre-Conference Forum. DOI employees located near the conference site are encouraged to attend the DOI Pre-Conference Forum even if they are unable to attend the BIG Conference.
Attendees should register for the DOI Pre-Conference Forum no later than August 6, 2010, through DOI LEARN at http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/index.cfm. Use the key word “BIG” to search the DOI Learn catalog for the DOI Pre-Conference Forum. Registration through DOI LEARN will ensure that each attendee’s official training history shows that he or she has completed this training.
We look forward to your participation in this unique training opportunity. If you need reasonable accommodations, or if you have questions about the DOI Pre-Conference Forum, please contact Linda Rivera at 702-293-8405.
(NOTE TO SUPERVISORS: Please ensure that all employees without e-mail access receive a paper copy of this distribution.)
This DOI announcement comes only days after President Barack Obama told employees to cut back on non-essential travel and posted more than a half-dozen memos and other travel-related entries on the White House web site. But that’s nothing! Larger questions remain:
- Will other federal government employees be invited to attend national training conferences that correspond to their skin colors?
- Will ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod attend?
- Will the NAACP play a role in the conference?