Office Aviation Services (formerly the NBC-Aviation Management Directorate (AMD)) was
established by the Secretary of the Interior on July 1, 1973 to "Raise
safety standards, increase the efficiency, and promote the economical
of aircraft activities in the Department of the Interior."
In this capacity,
OAS serves both the
Secretary and the nine DOI bureaus as primary customers.
Leveraging its resident
wealth of Office of Aviation Services
experience and expertise and in keeping with the Departmental
excellence initiatives and the President’s Management Agenda,
OAS also serves
the aviation needs of numerous other Federal
agencies. OAS’s mission is to
provide our customers
with higher quality (Better), more cost-wise (Cheaper) aviation
lower cycle times (Faster) that result in increased operational
fewer losses (Safer) than any one of them can provide for themselves.
A component of the DOI
Office of the Secretary (OS), OAS is led by a Director who reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Safety, Resource Protection and Emergency Services (PRE).
OAS is responsible for Department-wide functions related to
aircraft services and facilities. Aviation safety is a primary
consideration for all actions.
Functions and responsibilities
- Development and implementation of
Department-wide aviation safety and aircraft accident prevention
- Maintain Bureau aviation program
oversight to provide quality assurance, measure efficiency and
effectiveness, and to assure that standards are in place which enhance
- Establishment and management of
Department-wide aircraft accident/incident and aviation hazard
- Ownership and management of Department of
the Interior (DOI) fleet aircraft. Assigning DOI fleet aircraft and/or
OS-OAS personnel to bureaus as requested to support bureau
- Procuring DOI-owned aircraft, commercial
aviation services, and other aviation-related services in support of
- Assisting bureaus in determining whether
aircraft should be Government owned, leased, contracted, or chartered.
- Coordinating aircraft use in such a
manner as to obtain the best
utilization of existing equipment, consistent with Department-wide
- Establishing and maintaining standards
governing operational procedures, aircraft maintenance, aircrew
qualifications and proficiency, and maintenance personnel
- Developing and implementing an aviation
user-training program to meet Department-wide and specific bureau
- Inspecting and monitoring aircraft
operations to assure those standards are being met.
- Prescribing the procedures for
justification, budgeting and management of the financial aspects of
aircraft owned and/or operated by the Department.
- Furnishing technical assistance for
specialized aviation problems.
- In cooperation with the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigating all aircraft mishaps
occurring in Departmental aviation operations and representing the
Department on all aircraft accident investigations where DOI has
involvement as specified by the OS-OAS Director.
- Organizing, implementing and chairing a
Department-wide airspace committee to assist the bureaus through
sharing of airspace information on common concern and seeking solutions
to common airspace problems at the Departmental level.
- Facilitating and participating with the DOI Aviation Executives.