Resource Reports for Oil Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf Can Be Improved

CED-79-53: Published: Feb 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1979.

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GAO reviewed the quality of resource reports submitted to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by various Federal agencies during the initial stages of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sale process. Resource reports are intended to describe valuable resources contained in the proposed OCS lease sale and identify environmental and other conflicts which could adversely affect leasing of specific OCS tracts.

With a little effort BLM could improve the reports by developing data which informs the submitting agencies clearly states the importance and role of resource reports, tailoring requests for resource reports to individual agencies and asking for the specific information needed, and providing feedback to the agencies on how this information was used in the OCS sale process.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of BLM should: inform Federal agencies preparing resource reports of the reports' role and importance, why the information is needed, and how it will be utilized; require each OCS field office to tailor resource report request letters to each agency and request the specific information the agency may have that will be useful to BLM; and notify Federal agencies how the resource report information was used in the OCS leasing process.

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