October 16, 2007
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BLM Opens National Operations Center in Denver

Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Caswell today attended the formal opening of the BLM’s National Operations Center at the Denver Federal Center, where many of the agency’s operational functions will be located.
“This Center is essential to the success of the BLM,” Caswell said at the opening ceremony. “What we’re doing here will reduce duplication, improve effectiveness, and save taxpayers dollars.”
The new Center will consolidate the BLM’s National Science and Technology Center, responsible for the operational aspects of the BLM’s science programs, including data and records management; the National Information Resources Management Center, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the BLM’s computer and communications systems, including data storage; the National Business Center, responsible for asset management and the operation of the BLM’s accounting, acquisition, and financial systems; the National Human Resources Management Center, responsible for position classification and staffing; and the Land and Resources Project Office, responsible for developing the BLM’s custom computer applications.
Don Simpson, the BLM’s Associate State Director in Wyoming, is overseeing the opening of the National Operations Center and serving as acting Director. Currently, the National Operations Center employs nearly 300 Federal employees and about 100 contractors and has a budget of about $50 million.
The BLM manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency.  Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.
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