U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
September 18, 2012
In Reply Refer To:
3100 (310) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 09/21/2012
Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-191
To: All Field Office Officials
From: Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management
Subject: Oil and Gas Field Managers Training Requirements
Program Area: Oil and Gas Operations.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) directs all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managers and supervisors with oil and gas responsibilities to enroll and successfully complete the Oil and Gas for Managers Distance Learning Course #3100-03 by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. This course has been developed to improve the consistency of the BLM’s management of its oil and gas program and provide additional program information.
Policy/Action: The BLM has developeda new course specifically for field managers and supervisors to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to more effectively manage and conduct oversight of the BLM oil and gas program. The course consists of multiple modules and links to existing distance learning courses related to the oil and gas program. The course will be delivered as a two-part, fully online training course. Part I includes Modules 1–4 and Part II will include Modules 5–8. Part I is complete and available for enrollment through the BLM National Training Center (NTC) and Department of the Interior DOILearn Portal. Part II will be released by the end of calendar year 2012. The participants will complete the modules in sequential order.
Oil and Gas for Managers Modules 1–8
The course intends to instruct, assist, and guide field managers and supervisors to:
Timeframes: All BLM field managers and supervisors with oil and gas responsibilities are required to complete Modules 1–8 by the end of FY 2013. Each State Director will certify at the end of FY 2013 that these requirements have been timely met by managers under their supervision.
Budget Impact: Expected budgetary impact to be minimal as all training can be accomplished from their home office.
Background: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report 10-313, dated March 2010, found that the BLM has not provided sufficient or timely training for many of its key staff responsible for oil and gas measurement. The report stated that knowledge gaps exist department-wide, and the gaps are particularly pressing in some disciplines and in some BLM field offices. Compounding this, according to agency [BLM] staff, program operations at many BLM locations are being further impeded by high staff turnover rates. Furthermore, as the oil and gas companies compete for scarce skills knowledgeable in oil and gas, the BLM is increasingly challenged in attracting and retaining qualified staff. Until the BLM can maintain a well-trained and stable production verification workforce, the BLM risks not having staff with sufficient knowledge to identify inaccurate oil and gas measurement.
Beyond the recommendations of the GAO, there are additional challenges faced by local managers related to planning, permitting, development, and other competing resource issues caused by oil and gas development. Many of these concerns are magnified by new technologies, development in new areas, and a significant increase in activity in other areas tied to the need for reliable domestic energy supplies.
These training modules aim to fill the knowledge gap, particularly in the field offices, and provide additional guidance to managers and supervisors with oil and gas responsibilities. Presenting the course online will save the BLM time and money in preparing its direct line managers to properly supervise oil and gas operations, enable flexibility for participants to work within their own schedules, and allow them to serve as a continuing reference resource. The BLM developed these courses following a review of its training oversight in field and state offices, and believes these courses are consistent with strong and reliable internal controls.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This guidance was coordinated with the NTC, Washington Office Division of Fluid Minerals (WO-310), State Office Management personnel and Field Managers.
Contact: If you have questions or concerns regarding this additional training requirement, please contact me Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management at 202-208-4201, or your staff may contact Steven Wells, (WO-310) at 202-912-7143. Training requirements and past course work validation will be coordinated by the NTC. Please contact Catherine Cook at 602-906-5221 for training assistance or specific questions regarding regional course enrollment.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Michael Nedd Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals and Realty Management