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May 31, 2007

Contact: Anthony Sara
(307) 775-6304

BLM to Conduct Special Recreation Permit Audit

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office is preparing to conduct an audit of its commercial Special Recreation Permit (SRP) Program for the 2004-2005 use season. The audit is being conducted through an independent contractor and should be completed by early September 2007.

Periodic audits are usually conducted about every five years and are one of the ways the BLM can ensure a fair, equitable and consistent business environment for permittees. The audit is also intended to make sure that the American public receives fair market value from the commercial use of its public land. The audit will focus on reviewing total customer payments received by recreation permittees for goods and services for public land use authorized by an SRP.

Wyoming Recreation Lead Britta Hall said the audit benefits the public by determining whether the BLM’s program is being managed correctly. "Through this audit, we will determine how efficiently the program is being run and will determine if there are under/over payments as a result of inaccurate fee calculations by BLM, or as a result of underreporting by commercial recreation permittees who operate on BLM Wyoming,” Hall said.

Hall also said this isn’t the first time Wyoming has been audited, since the audits are required by the federal government. "Each BLM state is required to conduct periodic audits of their commercial recreation permits,” Hall said. This is the second audit that will be conducted in BLM Wyoming."

A letter will be sent notifying all 287 permittees who operated in 2004-2005 of the audit, with a second letter going to 25 permittees, notifying them they have been selected for the audit. The letter will also include timeframes of the audit and information the permittee must make available to the auditor. At least two permittees will be audited from each of the 10 Wyoming Field Offices. Each permittee selected will be interviewed through either a telephone interview or field visit.

A statewide summary of the commercial permit audit and copies of relevant audit reports will be provided to each Field Office once the audit has been completed. Anyone with further questions about the upcoming audit can contact Britta Hall at (307) 775-6106 or at Britta_Hall@blm.gov.  

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