U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
October 25, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
1112, 1703 (850) P
Ref. IM No. 2011-119
EMS TRANSMISSION 10/28/2012
Information Bulletin No. 2012-007
To: All Field Officials
From: Chief, Division of Business Resources
Subject: Facility Compliance Status
Compliance Assessment - Safety, Health, and the Environment (CASHE) status update responses were requested via Washington Office (WO) Instruction Memorandum (IM) 2011-119. The National Operations Center has compiled the responses received from the field on the status of recommendations made during each organizational unit’s CASHE and Radio Infrastructure (RI) CASHE audit. This Information Bulletin informs field officials that compilation of all CASHE status updates is completed and has been sent to their State Offices.
The CASHE status updates have been summarized by State to show the number of incomplete findings broken out by their priority level or risk assessment code for each organizational unit. Separate tables that describe each organizational unit’s incomplete findings along with its priority level/risk assessment code are included with the summary. These documents have already been transmitted to the Associate State Directors, Center Directors (as appropriate), Deputy State Directors, State Office Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Program Leads, State Safety Managers, State Engineers, and State Radio Program Leads via email.
The CASHE status update has and will continue to be used to:
In FY 2011, 113 of 120 or 94 percent of the BLM’s organizational units met the standard for “good safety, health, and environmental condition.” The performance measure goal for FY 2011 was to have 93 percent of the BLM’s organizational units rated in good safety, health, and environmental condition. The improved performance is attributed to the field proactively requesting CASHE Corrective Action funding, increased emphasis on upgrading of radio infrastructure, and preparation of Hazard Abatement Plans. To be rated in good condition in FY 2011 an organizational unit must have all its high priority CASHE findings completed and may have up to three incomplete high priority RI CASHE findings. High priority CASHE and RI CASHE findings are those findings with priority levels IA or IB, or risk assessment codes of 1 or 2.
FY 2011 is the third year incomplete high priority RI CASHE findings are counted when determining if an organizational unit is rated in good condition. The field was informed that RI CASHE findings would count when determining if an organizational unit is rated in good condition by WO IM 2008-145.
In FY 2012 an organizational unit must have all its high priority traditional CASHE findings completed and have two or less incomplete high priority RI CASHE findings to be rated in good condition. The number of incomplete high priority RI CASHE findings an organizational unit may have and be rated in good condition will continue to be reduced by one each subsequent FY until FY 2014 when an organization unit must have all of its high priority CASHE and RI CASHE findings completed to be rated in good condition.
FY 2011 is the seventh year an organizational unit must have all its high priority CASHE findings completed to be rated in good safety, health, and environmental condition. Making the standard for “good condition” more stringent is consistent with a recommendation in the Department’s Inspector General Report Improvements Needed In Developing and Reporting on GPRA Goals and Measures dated September 2002. This report stated the following related to the CASHE performance measure, “we believe that the number of high priority uncorrected findings should be zero before a facility is classified as being in “good” condition.” This is also consistent with the Department Inspector General Report Health and Safety Concerns at Department of Interior’s Facilities dated March 26, 2008. The Office of the Inspector General recommended “DOI develop and implement a Department-wide action plan with milestones to eliminate significant health and safety deficiencies”, and lauded the BLM CASHE program as a best practice for addressing facilities related health and safety deficiencies.
Attachment 1 is a table showing the number of organizational units in each State and the Washington Office rated in good safety, health, and environmental condition. Eight states (Alaska, Arizona, Eastern States, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wyoming) and the WO have 100 percent of their organizational units rated in good condition.
The BLM’s continued excellent performance is due to: (1) identification of a portion of deferred
maintenance funding to implement CASHE recommendations; (2) conduction of regularly scheduled follow-up CASHE audits to verify performance; and (3) the annual issuance of this facility compliance progress report to all organizational units that summarizes their incomplete findings.
This is the eleventh consecutive year for issuance of these facility compliance progress reports. The field should be proud of their long-term performance trend. The first year this report was compiled only 59 percent of organizational units were rated in good safety, health, and environmental condition compared with 94 percent in FY 2011. The field is also commended for their timely responses to the CASHE status update request.
Implementation of CASHE Recommendations: In accordance with WO IM 2011-119, organizational units are expected to complete or request funding for completion of all high priority CASHE and RI CASHE recommendations within one-year of their CASHE audit. Requests for CASHE Corrective Action funding can be made anytime. A backlog of unfunded projects is maintained by the CASHE Program Lead. The field is reminded that requests for CASHE Corrective Action funding should be made by the end of February. This is necessary to allow the projects to be coordinated with the State Engineers and ensure that the corrective actions are included in the next fiscal year’s Planning Target Allocation that is sent to the States in April.
Questions on the CASHE status update or CASHE Corrective Action funding should be directed to Ken Morin, CASHE Program Lead at (303) 236-6418.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Corey Grant Robert M. Williams
Division Chief Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
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