August 31, 2006
In Reply Refer To:
2800/3100 (300) P
Instruction Memorandum 2006-230

Expires: 09/30/2007

To:                  All Field Officials 

From:              Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection

Subject:          Implementing Recommendations from the Oil and Gas Surface Management Program Self-Assessment

Program Area: Oil and Gas Operations

Purpose:  The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to implement recommendations from the 2005-2006 Oil and Gas Surface Management Program Self-Assessment Report.

Policy/Action: State and Field Offices with oil and gas programs shall implement the recommendations found in the Oil and Gas Surface Management Self-Assessment evaluation report (Attachment 1).

Timeframe:  Implementation of recommendations is to take place by September 30, 2007.


Background:  In 2003, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Washington Office (WO) Division of Fluid Minerals increased its oversight of the BLM’s Oil and Gas Surface Management Program. The Washington Office initiated the development of new policy guidance, workshops, training courses, handbooks, and outreach materials. A self-assessment of the Oil and Gas Surface Management Program was conducted by the BLM’s Washington Office Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection Directorate (WO-300) during Fiscal Year (FY) 2005. The objective of the assessment was to determine if the Oil and Gas Surface Management Program processes are being conducted in an effective manner and what the need might be for further program development.

Washington Office personnel developed and distributed a program assessment questionnaire to the following BLM Field Offices: Bakersfield, California; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Miles City, Montana; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Moab, Utah; and Rawlins, Wyoming. The questionnaire was completed by employees involved in the Oil and Gas Surface Management Program. A total of 76 responses were received by the Washington Office. The scope of the assessment focused on the following areas:  General information; Planning and Lease Sale Parcel Review; Review and Processing of Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) Surface Use Plans; Surface Environmental Inspections; Program Guidance and Training; and Program Management, Staffing, and Workload.


Budget Impact:  Minimal.

Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.


Coordination:  The evaluation was coordinated with Washington Office Division of Evaluations and Management Services (WO-830).

Contact: Please address any questions related to this IM toJim Perry, Senior Natural Resource Specialist, Division of Fluid Minerals (WO-310), jim_perry@blm.gov , or by telephone at (202) 452-5063.
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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