July 5, 2006
In Reply Refer To:
3100 (310) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-199
Expires: 09/30/2007
To:           State Director, New Mexico
From:       Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject:   Helium Program - Performance Measure Implementation
Program Area: Helium
Purpose: This Memorandum provides guidance regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) implementation of four new Helium Program Performance Measures in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 (see Attachment 1). 
Policy/Action:  To be in compliance with the “Independent Auditors’ Report on the Department of the Interior’s Annual Report on Performance and Accountability for FY 2005 (Report No. X-IN-MOA-0011-2005)” corrective action milestones, the following actions must be taken:
·        Continue to work with the Amarillo Field Office staff to finalize the performance measure data specification sheets for each Helium Program Performance Measure in Attachment 1.
·        Begin gathering data that will allow the BLM to report on each of the Helium Program Performance Measures in FY 2006.
·        Identify any issues that may delay implementation of the Helium Program Performance Measures.
Time Frame: Effective upon issuance.
Background: In FY 2004, the Department of the Interior (DOI) contracted with KPMG LLT, an independent certified public accounting firm, to audit the financial statement of DOI for FY 2005 and 2004. The summary of the corrective action plan states that “BLM should include in its Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) section performance measures related to its significant programs, which would include the Helium program.” In response to the KPMG findings the BLM has created performance measures for the Helium Program and will include them in the MD&A discussion. 
Budget Impact: None.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This Memorandum has been coordinated with the BLM Budget Office and Amarillo Field Office.
Contact: If you have questions or other concerns pertaining to this Memorandum, please contact Tim Spisak at 202-452-5061 or tim_spisak@ blm.gov
Signed by:                                                       
Authenticated by:
Thomas P. Lonnie                                            
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                            
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
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