The Enterprise Program was initiated in 1997 by the Region 5 Reinvention
Lab as part of the National Performance Review. In 2006 the program became a permanent, national program.
Some of the key aspects outlined within the program area are:
Choice — Enterprise Units provide
an alternate choice for Forest Service units to obtain support and
Financial Accountability — Enterprise
Units receive no direct appropriated funds and must strive for full cost recovery. As such, unit members develop heightened
awareness of costs, delivery of quality, and gains in efficiencies.
Work with a Purpose — Enterprise
Units do not work for profit like commercial businesses. They work
for the purpose of contributing to the Forest Service Mission, and
through their training and experience exercise a discriminating
awareness of effectiveness and efficiencies.
Spreading Cost Awareness — Forest
Service units that utilize enterprise services frequently are exposed
to how enterprise recognizes expenses and calculates rates of cost
recovery used to estimate project costs. This begins the expansion
of true cost recognition beyond the nucleus of enterprise.
Relating to Enterprise
- The US Forest Service Enterprise Program: Reinvigorating Government
For the last decade, a group of U.S. Forest Service employees have provided a variety of services at competitive prices within the agency. They are part of a program that is rather unique within the federal government, the Forest Service Enterprise Program. Many employees gave up secure careers to become entrepreneurs and created business and marketing plans for the first time. The program began as an experiment. As it marks its tenth anniversary in 2007, the Enterprise Program has now become a permanent, nationwide program within the Forest Service. Download this document » [PDF, 12 pages, 574 KB]
Enterprise Program Strategic Plan 2008-2012
On October 16, 2007 the Chief signed the Enterprise Program Strategic Plan 2008-2012. This document outlines the Program’s goals and objectives, strategies for achieving these benchmarks, and metrics by which to measure accomplishments.
Download the plan » [PDF, 12 pages, 825 KB]
Service’s Enterprise Program Gains Recognition. The Enterprise Initiative was selected as
a semifinalist in the 2000 Innovations in American Government
Awards Program. In addition to the abovementioned honored award
recognition the Forest Service’s Enterprise Program was
highlighted this year at the July, Excellence in Government
2000 Conference – CONNECTING CITIZENS SERVICES RESULTS.