The Department of the Interior's Minerals Availability System

EMD-78-16: Published: Jul 17, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1978.

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Better information on the availability of minerals is a must for the United States to plan intelligently for the present and future use of vital mineral resources. The Bureau of Mines has attempted to develop a computerized mineral reserve identification and analysis system the Minerals Availability System (MAS) to evaluate the technical and economic factors affecting mineral supply. If properly designed and managed, it could assist policy makers in a variety of decisions fostering the orderly development and supply of mineral reserves, as well as complement the Geological Survey's computerized mineral resources system.

Although MAS has potential as a policy-related analytic aid, a management tool for structuring mineral data gathering and analysis, and a mechanism for determining information priorities, it has failed to fulfill any of these roles.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals to identify in writing the Department's major minerals policy data requirements as well as the location of the data; require the Bureau of Mines to develop adequate capabilities and written procedures to routinely service the office of the Assistant Secretary, Energy and Minerals, data and analysis needs; and require that the system design and information requirements be made fully compatible with the Geological Survey's computer information system. The Director of the Bureau of Mines should place the MAS program under the Associate Director of Minerals and Materials Supply/Demand Analysis and consider it a priority program.

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