UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
 
October 24, 2005
 
In Reply Refer To:
1300 (300) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 11/01/2005
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-019
Expires: 09/30/2007
 
To:              All Employees
 
From:          Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
 
Subject:      Use of Special Project Codes to Track Expenditures to Implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005
 
Program Area:  Energy and Minerals
 
Purpose:  Provide procedures for tracking FY 2006 expenditures to implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including expenses in the seven Pilot Offices.
 
Policy/Action: All expenditures of MLR funding in FY 2006, in support of the implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, must be tracked using project codes. The two codes to use are shown below with the conditions for their use. 
 
Time Frame: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) is effective immediately. This IM pertains to all expenditures to support the implementation of the Energy Policy Act. 
 
Budget Impact:  These project codes will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to identify expenses that are charged to appropriated funds that may be recoded to special receipt funds. This could have a substantial, positive benefit on the BLM budget.
 
Background: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 became law on August 8, 2005. This law will require the BLM to conduct a great deal of work to fully implement its sections. In several cases the law provides to the BLM additional funds from mineral leasing receipts that can be used to support the program. These receipts will come in gradually throughout the year. The BLM may need to spend appropriated funds to accomplish some tasks that can legitimately be charged to these new receipt accounts. The use of these project codes will allow the BLM to identify charges that could be recoded to the new receipt accounts. This would make the appropriated funds available for other important uses. 
 
The BLM is under a great deal of scrutiny to determine how it will implement its provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The BLM will be held accountable for many of the activities it undertakes under the new law. It will be helpful to be able to identify the total cost of implementing this new statute should an audit be conducted at some later time. The use of these project codes would facilitate any such audit.
 
The new project codes are:
 
EPAI
This code may be used with all MLR subactivities to track costs related to implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, except those costs related to the Pilot Project Offices. This project code is most likely to be used with the 1310, 1320 and 1430 subactivites. When there is a conflict between this project code and other project codes, the other project code should generally be used.
PPXX
This code may be used with all MLR subactivities, but will generally be used with the 1310 subactivity. This code is to be used only for actions related to the Pilot Project Offices which are Glenwood/Grand Junction, CO, Miles City, MT, Carlsbad and Farmington, NM, Vernal, UT, and Buffalo and Rawlins, WY. This code will only be used within these offices to track costs related to oil and gas activity. When there is a conflict between this project code and other project codes, this project code should generally be used.
 
There is no need to use these project codes with the new subactivities that will be established for the mineral receipt accounts. This is because all of the charges made to these new receipt accounts will be related to implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
 
Coordination: WO 300, WO 880
 
Contact:  Phil Allard, Resource Analyst, WO 300, (202) 557-3374 or Bill Gilmore, Budget Analyst, WO 880, (202) 452-5159.
 
Signed by:                                                   
Authenticated by:
Thomas P. Lonnie                                       
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                        
Policy and Records Group,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection