DOI needs to more readily and completely understand and harness the true power of GIS and geospatial technologies when it comes to using these technologies to share information/knowledge to the public. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words", so why not disseminate information contained in the hundreds and hundreds of stove-piped DOI databases, systems & applications, etc. to the public through more complete cross-cutting spatial viewers and portals. There is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to expedite the collection, analysis, and distribution of data in support of National Security, but what about everything else?
One could even envision perhaps a consolidated Federal GIS-cloud or similar that is marketed and integrated with open-source platforms/technologies such as Google Earth, GeoRSS and the like as well as standards organizations such as the Open Geospatial Consortium. This could just really be just a matter of extending or refocusing of the already existing geodata.gov, Geospatial One-Stop, or Geospatial Modernization Blueprint initiatives. Since DOI is the National data provider of 18 of the 34 total data themes described in the OMB A-16 circular, it is perfectly situated in a lead role to continue implementing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure described therein for Government transparency.
As an agency, BLM seems to do a pretty good job of promoting the use of these technologies, and with the National Integrated Land System (NILS) and Geocommunicator.gov, it had a platform and underlying set of infrastructure being deployed that, in conjunction with the Forest Service, would serve as a joint spatial platform to provide the public much valuable visual information from different internal database/systems. However, being that it was recently decided by BLM to decommission NILS, it is unknown what the future holds for this type of forward-thinking strategy/platform, one would only hope that this capability will not be completely derailed or the pause very long until a replacement is implemented.