On Tuesday, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deb Haaland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the implementation of President Biden’s pay initiatives for federal wildland firefighters.  The initiatives will increase the amount paid to approximately 3,500 firefighters with DOI and more than 11,300 firefighters at the USDA Forest Service to ensure all firefighters are paid at least $15 an hour.