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United States Department of the Interior 
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
March 1, 2010
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Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2010-039
Expires: 9/30/2011
To:             Leadership Advisory Team
From:         State Director        
Subject:     Verifying District and Field Office Data Stewards                                     DD: 3/12/10
Program Area: All program areas.
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to designate individuals within the Montana/Dakotas organization to serve as district or field office data stewards for the listed data subject areas and corporate applications. Recently, State Office data stewards were identified in IM No. MT‑2010‑025, Verifying State Level Data Stewards. These individuals are listed on Attachment 1 for each data area and corporate applications.
Individuals identified and designated as data stewards do not have to be the senior technical expert; they must, however, have an in-depth knowledge of the data and its usage. In some cases, more than one individual may be named.
Policy/Action: Please review and edit the attached spreadsheet (Attachment 2) by designating a data steward for each of the listed data or program areas in your district or field office. For data categories which have no steward listed or the name is for a previous incumbent, please designate an Acting Data Steward, or assign the duties to another staff member. District and field office data steward responsibilities are listed below.
Timeframe: Responses should be sent to Kevin Brooks, State Data Administrator, via email (kbrooks@blm.gov) on or before March 12, 2010.
Budget Impact: None
Background: A data steward is the person most knowledgeable about the resource or program who ensures that pertinent data meets defined data standards and accurately describes the resource. Data stewards manage data with regard to the informational needs of others in meeting the Bureau of Land Management’s mission. They manage data throughout its life cycle including the phases of quality control/quality assurance, planning, acquiring, maintaining, accessing, evaluating, and archiving. 2
What is the role of a district or field office data steward? The steward is a subject matter expert within a specific business subject area as designated by management. District and field office data stewards have specific responsibilities for insuring that data collected and utilized meets our needs and is managed as a corporate asset.
District and field office data stewards are responsible for:
  • Coordinating the district or field office data management program with the state data steward and the state data administrator.
  • Coordinating data sharing and data management across functional business areas.
  • Determining data requirements and business rules.
  • Ensuring data quality.
  • Reviewing geospatial and alphanumeric metadata for completeness and quality (including Federal Geographic Data Committee guidelines).
  • Maximizing data sharing opportunities at the local level.
  • The integrity and quality of business data created/updated and utilized.
Further information can be found on the Montana/Dakotas Data Management site at http://web.mt.blm.gov/datasteward/index.html or the BLM Data Management site at http://web.blm.gov/data_mgt/index.htm.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: The Branch of Information Resource Management (MT9320), the Division of Resources (MT9200), and the Division of Support Services (MT9300).
Contact: If you have any questions please contact Kevin Brooks, Data Administrator, at 406-896-5270 or Armando DeAnda, State Chief Information Officer, at 406-896-5169.
Signed by:                                                                                            Authenticated by:
Howard A. Lemm (for)                                                                           Lynnell Cellmer
State Director                                                                                       Staff Assistant (MT9320)
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Last updated: 03-18-2013