How to Report Harassment and Policies

U.S. Department of the Interior Prevention and Elimination of Harassing Conduct Policy, Personnel Bulletin 18-01 (PB 18-01)

U.S. Department of the Interior employees will be provided a workplace free from harassment, and appropriate officials will be notified of, and have the opportunity to promptly correct harassing conduct. This includes harassment which may occur while on incident assignment. This policy is outlined in PB 18-01.

You may also contact:

Jason Lopez, BLM Fire and Aviation Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist
Phone: 208-387-5565

Michelle Witter, FWS Complains and Compliance Manager 
Phone: 303-236-4460 
Email: Complain related questions and concerns – or diversity concerns

The BLM and USFWS Fire programs recognizethat providing a workplace in which there is fair and equitable opportunities is a vital component of wildland fire readiness. 

Providing equality in opportunity is vital to attracting, developing, and retaining a top-notch workforce in order to accomplish both agencies strategic missions. It is BLM and USFWS’ policy to ensure EEO is fully integrated into the mission with demonstrated commitment from all levels of leadership.

The BLM and USFWS Fire programs expects all employees to proactively prevent employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, and/or reprisal for participation in the EEO process. Managers and supervisors share the responsibility with EEO for successful policy and program implementation to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through continuing affirmative programs that are efficient, responsive, and legally compliant. 

The EEO office provides leadership, develops policy, and provides interpretation and recommendations on a wide range of equal employment and civil rights issues to BLM and USFWS Fire managers, supervisors, employees, and the public. EEO policies are clearly defined and provide the foundation for a workplace free from unlawful discrimination.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, genetic information, and/or reprisal or retaliation for participation in the EEO process, you can use the EEO discrimination complaint process.

You have 45 calendar days from the date of the incident to initiate an EEO complaint by contacting an appropriate  EEO manager.

Regardless of agency affiliation, you may also contact:

Eileen Wallace, BLM Fire and Aviation EEO Manager
Phone: 208-387-5454
Email:, or

Michelle Witter, FWS Complains and Compliance Manager 
Phone: 303-236-4460 
Email: Complain related questions and concerns – or diversity concerns  

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG): Hotline Complaint Form
Phone: 800-424-5081
Fax: 703-487-5402 (ATTN: HOTLINE OPERATIONS)
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW., MS 4428 MIB, Washington, DC 20240

You may also contact the nearest regional OIG office to report fraudulent activities:

Eastern Regional Office – Herndon, VA
Phone: 703-487-8051

Central Regional Office – Lakewood, CO
Phone: 303-236-8296

Western Regional Office – Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-978-5630

BLM Ombuds
Mary Chavez-Rudolph
Phone: 202-494-3371

DOI Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR)
Website: CADR

COREPlus Program Manager

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Phone: 800-869-0276
Password: interioreap