U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
April 7, 2014
In Reply Refer To:
9300 (350) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 04/14/2014
Instruction Memorandum No. 2014-081
To: All Field Office Officials
From: Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management
Subject: Procuring Real Estate Valuation Services through the Office of Valuation Services
Program Area: Lands and Realty.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides policy guidance on the procurement of real estate valuation services for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The purpose of this IM is to update previous guidance on the procurement of valuation services provided by the Office of Valuation Services (OVS).
Policy/Action: All BLM programs requiring Government contracts for real estate valuation services or products will use OVS contracting services.
On February 26, 2013, the BLM and OVS executed a National Interagency Agreement (IAA) which identifies the roles and responsibilities of both agencies for contracting appraisal services when Government contracts are the vehicle for procurement. The Agreement Document Number is OVS-BLM-A01-08. In the IAA, the BLM is identified as the “Buyer” and the OVS is the “Seller.” The following link includes a copy of the executed IAA transmitted under Washington Office Information Bulletin 2013-064, dated April 25, 2013. Interagency Agreement (IAA), Part A - General Terms and Conditions.
There are two major components to the IAA:
In general, to initiate the process, the BLM realty staff will submit a formal request for services via the Interior Valuation Information System (IVIS). Subsequently, an OVS review appraiser will be assigned to the case and will assist the BLM realty staff member through the entire process.
The completion of both Part A and Part B of the IAA constitutes a financial obligation for the BLM to compensate OVS for its contracting valuation services. Three authorities are available for selection, under Part B, block 4, titled, “Under the authority of (Cite Authorities).” In most cases, the BLM realty staff will use 43 U.S.C. 1701 (FLPMA).
Timeframe: This IM is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: There is no significant impact. Expenses will be borne by the individual program or project.
These instructions do not apply to mineral estate valuations for fluid and solid minerals and will not affect the ability to use third parties that are able to assist the BLM with the acquisition of land or interest inland in accordance with 602 DM 1.7.C.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: This IM transmits interim policy the BLM will incorporate into the next revision of BLM Manuals 2100-Acquisition, 2200-Exchanges, 2710-Sales, 2740 and 2912-Recreation and Public Purpose, 2910-Leases and 2920-Leases, Permits and Easements.
Coordination: The development of this IM was coordinated with Washington Office Division of Lands, Realty and Cadastral Survey, field office realty and minerals staff, OVS, and the Office of the Solicitor.
Contact: For any questions concerning the content of this IM or for further information, please contact Michael D. Nedd at 202-208-4201. Your staff may contact Robyn Shoop, Acting Division Chief, Division of Lands, Realty and Cadastral Survey, at 202-912-7350; Don Buhler, Branch Chief, Lands, Realty and Cadastral Survey, at 202-912-7353; or Janet Eubanks, Land Tenure Program Lead, at 202‑912-7149. If you have questions concerning OVS appraisal, budget, or contracting procedures, contact Tim Hansen, Client Service Manager, at 303-969-5368, Timothy_Hansen@ios.doi.gov.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Michael Nedd Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-860
Energy, Minerals and Realty Management
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