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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

December 16, 2008

2930 (924.2) P 
Information Bulletin No. MT-2009-019
To:                   Field Managers
Attention:        Outdoor Recreation Planners
From:               State Director
Subject:          Audit of Montana/Dakotas 1232 Fee Program in Spring/Summer 2009
This IB provides information regarding an upcoming 1232 fee audit of the Montana/Dakotas fee program. The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) established a national policy requiring the BLM to charge fees and ensure a fair return to the public for the use of public land. The WO-250 has selected Montana and Oregon to be audited in FY09. The planned audit is necessary to:  1) ensure that the American public receives fair market value from their fees paid for use of public lands, and 2) enable the BLM to determine if the Bureau policies are being correctly applied.
The BLM’s 2009 Preliminary Target Allocation Plan for the 1220 program directs that:
“States must review and evaluate recreation fee sites to ensure that all fees and proposed fees are in compliance with REA. States will ensure that administrative, overhead, and indirect costs do not exceed 15 percent of total fee revenues for each state. States will be responsible for their share of costs related to the recreation fee program oversight and administration.”
This audit will be conducted by a non-government source and will cost approximately $32,000.
Field offices will need to pay for this audit out of their project accounts. The FY08 carryover of project balances will be the minimum figure used to calculate the base percentage to be deducted from each account.  It has been determined that the Special Recreation Permit 1232 accounts will be audited as well. Thus, at least 5.5 percent (and up to 8 percent) can be deducted from each account by the state Recreation Program lead to pay for the cost of this audit depending on which project accounts are audited.  If there are any funds remaining after the audit, a percentage will be returned to each project.
Field staff should be available during the subject timeframe to assist the state Recreation Program lead with this audit.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this IB, contact Chris Miller at (406) 896-5038.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by
Gene R. Terland                                                           Kathy Iszler
State Director                                                              Staff Assistant (MT924)