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United States Department of the Interior

June 12, 2006
In Reply Refer To:
9600 (350) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-174
Expires: 09/30/2007                                                   
To:                   State Directors
Attn:                State Cadastral Survey Chiefs and District and Field Resource Managers
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject:           Updated Inventory of Cadastral Service Needs to Assess BLM’s Stewardship of Federal Boundaries DD: 08/29/2006
Program Area: Cadastral Services
Purpose: This memorandum requires States to update the 3-year inventory of needs for cadastral services as mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Policy/Action: In an effort to assess the effectiveness of the Cadastral Survey Program, the OMB has established Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) measures. One PART measure requires a 3-year inventory of needs for cadastral services to be established. This inventory will encompass all needs for cadastral services regardless of the availability of funding. This action emphasizes the role of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to fulfill its statutory responsibilities as stewards for Federal boundaries and to provide cadastral services for all Federal interest lands. The inventory will serve the purpose of assisting the BLM to effectively plan for providing cadastral services in the Fiscal Years 2007-2009 and provide a broad overview of the level of need in relation to the number of cadastral staff in place to meet those needs. This effort will identify the need for cadastral services pertaining to all Federal lands except for Indian lands. At the present, there is a separate process for inventorying cadastral services in Indian country. As part of this effort, State Cadastral Survey Chiefs will work with field and district managers from the BLM and other Federal agencies to identify the type and extent of cadastral services needed in Fiscal Years 2007-2009 for their respective land management areas.

Areas impacted will be the following: 
-         Workforce planning--Future workloads will be identified and the necessary skills and appropriate staff will be identified to meet customer needs.
-     Budget--Managers may use this information to make decisions on future State Office budget requests and allocations.
-     Communication at the WO, State, and field level--By having a comprehensive understanding of customer needs, the overall need for cadastral services will be identified and communicated to the Congress and OMB.
-    Allow for accurate and timely reporting for the OMB performance measure: “Percent of survey projects of Federal and Indian Trust lands that are funded.”
Timeframe: This IM is effective immediately. The inventory must be completed by close of business August 29, 2006, to allow necessary time to review and compile data for national reporting at year end. 
Budget Impact: The short-term budget impact is minimal. Long-term implications could include the reallocation of resources to more effectively meet customer needs.

Background: BLM has the responsibility to coordinate and perform Federal cadastral survey services under statutory authority. Each agency is responsible for identifying its surveying needs in a manner which provides effective land stewardship for benefit of the general public. For further information on the above mentioned statutory authority, please reference Department of the Interior Manual 757, Surveying and Mapping.

Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.

Coordination: State office cadastral chiefs will initiate and coordinate this inventory with the appropriate land management staffs within the BLM as well as the land management staffs of other affected government agencies. Reporting elements will be applied consistently throughout the effort so as to report data that is consistent in appearance and in quality to OMB and BLM management. 

Contact: Mark Wahlfield, Cadastral Surveyor, WO at 202-452-5095 for further guidance and direction. 
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Bob Anderson                                                             
Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director                                            
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
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Last updated: 10-21-2009