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

April 11, 2007

In Reply To: 
1120 (912) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2007-050
Expires: 9/30/07
To:             State Management Team
From:          State Director
Subject:       Web Pages
Over the last few years, the internet has become our most effective means of communicating with the public. Our web page offers both general and specific information about a variety of MT/DK programs, the latest BLM news, and NEPA documents for public review and comment. 
It is vital that our web pages reflect the professionalism and knowledge of our personnel and contain documents and information that are free of errors and plainly written. Unfortunately, few, if any, offices have the luxury of an in-office writer/editor. Our state office and field office public affairs specialists have the requisite writing and editing skills and can help you finalize your documents. 
For the past two years, all NEPA documents and related reports, decisions, scoping notices, etc. submitted for posting on our web page or for printing were to have been reviewed by either a field office or state office public affairs specialist before posting/printing. This IM reaffirms this requirement for review. 
The review should only add one or two days to the document preparation process, but you should factor that time into your schedule.  The public affairs specialists will not be editing for content but for style, grammar, spelling, consistent usage, and so on. This editing step should be the last in your internal review process, after all specialists and managers have commented. 
In addition, as our web pages are migrated into the Communiqué web content management system, all of our web page addresses will change. When preparing letters, documents, press releases, or other documents containing a BLM internet address, please check with Mary Apple (406-896-5258) to ensure that the address you publish is correct. 
Signed by: Gene R. Terland, State Director
Authenticated by: Ann Boucher, External Affairs