The Office of Policy has three main program areas: Policy, Committee Management, and Geographic Names.
Policy sets the framework and provides direction for all NPS management decisions. The Office of Policy:
- Provides counsel and support to the Director, deputies, and NPS senior managers on policy matters
- Manages the NPS Directives System, which includes Management Policies, Director's Orders, Policy Memoranda, and related documents
- Helps program managers develop policy documents with Service-wide applicability
- Prepares Service-wide policy documents for topics that are not clearly within other program areas
- Assists managers and other employees in interpreting and applying policies
- Answers policy questions and communicates NPS policy to NPS employees and the public
- Reviews significant plans and proposals for policy compliance (for example, General Management Plans)
- Provides guidance on establishing and renewing committees
- Prepares the formal charters that allow each commission and committee to function
- Processes commission and committee member nominations for appointment by the Secretary of the Interior
- Helps NPS employees and advisory committees understand and comply with Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requirements
- Staffs and supports the National Park System Advisory Board
The Office of Policy represents the NPS on the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. We provide Service-wide guidance and coordination on naming of geographic features in national parks.