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

 March 6, 2008

In Reply To:
1120 (912) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2008-040
Expires: 9/30/09
To:             State Management Team
From:         State Director
Subject:      Web Pages
Program Area: All program areas
Purpose: 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. This IM reissues guidance issued in IM No. MT-2007-050.
Policy/Action: This IM reaffirms the requirement that all NEPA documents and related reports, decisions, scoping notices, etc. are reviewed by either a field office or state office public affairs specialist or writer/editor before they are submitted for posting/printing.
Timeframe: Ongoing.
Budget Impact: Minimal.
Background: Over the last few years, the internet has become our most effective means of communicating with the public. Our web pages offer both general and specific information about a variety of MT/DK programs, the latest BLM news, and NEPA documents for public review and comment. 
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 to help you finalize your documents. 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, nearly all of our web page addresses have changed over the past year as our content has been migrated to Communique. 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. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: External Affairs
Contact: Mary Apple, 406-896-5258.
Signed by: Gene R. Terland, State Director
Authenticated by: Ann Boucher, External Affairs