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June 6, 2007
In Reply Refer To:
9600 (350) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2007-134
Expires: 09/30/2008               
To:                   State Directors
Field Managers and State Cadastral Survey Chiefs
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject:            2008-2010 Inventory of Cadastral Survey Service Needs DD: 08/15/2007
Program Area: Lands, Realty and Cadastral Survey
Purpose: This instruction memorandum (IM) requires States to update the 3-year inventory of needs for cadastral survey services as required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).   

Policy/Action:  The requirement for this inventory stems from the OMB Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) study of the Cadastral Survey Program, which took place in 2004. The inventory, covering Fiscal Years (FY) 2008-2010, will address the need for cadastral survey services for three categories: 1) Cadastral brass cap survey; 2) Supplemental plats; and 3) Corner remonumentation. This 3-year inventory will include all Federal lands except Indian lands. There are two inventory sheets to be used, one for the BLM and one for other Federal agencies. The inventory for Indian country is performed utilizing the Cadastral automated Request System. No consideration should be given to whether funding will be available when identifying future cadastral survey needs. 
The BLM State Office Cadastral Survey Chiefs will work with the BLM and other Federal land management agencies to identify the cadastral survey services needed. Each Federal land management agency is responsible for identifying its cadastral survey needs in a manner that provides effective land stewardship for the benefit of the public. Reporting elements should be applied consistently in this inventory.  This IM requires each State Office to complete all data fields using the attached Excel spreadsheet (attachment 3).
This inventory will impact: 
-         Workforce Planning – Identify future workloads and the trained staff necessary to address the need for cadastral survey services.
-     Communicating at the Washington Office, State, and Field level – The need for cadastral survey services will be identified and communicated to Congress and OMB.
  -   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 August 15, 2007, to allow time to review and compile data for national, year-end reporting.
Budget Impact: The short-term budget impact is minimal. 

Background:  The BLM has the statutory authority to provide cadastral services for all Federally managed lands. This IM emphasizes the statutory role of the BLM in providing cadastral survey services for all Federal-interest lands. This inventory assists the BLM in identifying the need for cadastral survey services for FY 2008-2010.  This inventory was first compiled in FY 2005 and subsequently updated in FY 2006. For more information regarding the statutory authority, please see the Department of the Interior Manual Section 757, Surveying and Mapping.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.

 This IM was coordinated with AD-200 and State Office Cadastral Survey Chiefs. The State Office Cadastral Survey Chiefs will coordinate with the appropriate land management staffs within BLM and other Federal agencies to update the inventory. 
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
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Last updated: 10-21-2009