U S Fish and Wildlife Service
Assistant Director: Business Management and Operations
Conserving the Nature of America
  • ABMO
  • Assistant Director: Janine Velasco


Assistant Director: Janine Velasco

Photo of Janine VelascoIn July of 2017, Janine was appointed as Assistant Director, Office of Business Management and Operations (BMO) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). As a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Chief Financial Officer for the FWS, she is responsible for the development of policy and Service-wide guidance on a myriad of business management and operational activities to include financial management, contracting and acquisition management, engineering and construction management, safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene programs, and economic analyses.

Prior to that, Janine was the Assistant Director, Business, Fiscal and Information Resource Management for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Her responsibilities include overseeing the budget, finance, property and procurement, engineering and asset management, audits and Information Technology for the entire bureau.

Janineís career as a civil servant began as a student intern with the Congressional Research Serviceís Environment and Natural Resources Division. While she was completing her graduate degree, she worked for Senator Jeff Bingaman, NM as a legislative fellow. She entered Federal service in 1993 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the USDA Forest Service where she worked in several organizations including International, National Forest System and Business Operations. She came to the Department of the Interior in 1999 with the Bureau of Reclamation where she led the bureauís strategic planning program. In 2001, she joined the BLM as the Division Chief for Management Services and later served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Business and Fiscal Resources. In 2006, she was selected to serve as BLMís Assistant Director for Human Capital Management, overseeing Human Resource, Training, Safety, and Civil Rights.

She has a Masters degree from the University of Michiganís School of Natural Resources and Environment and received her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Janine and her husband have two teenage sons, and she remains active in community and school activities.

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