Interior's FY 1982 Report on Alternative Bidding Systems

RCED-84-5: Published: Jan 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 1984.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's fiscal year 1982 report to Congress on the use of alternative bidding systems in leasing offshore lands to determine whether the report adequately met the statutory requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act which requires Interior to experiment with alternate bidding systems to increase competition in the lease sales and to report on the effects of using these bidding systems.

GAO found that the report met the statutory reporting requirements of the act with two exceptions: (1) it did not include Interior's recommendations for promoting competition for OCS lands; and (2) it did not provide the Department of Justice's views on the competitive aspects of the OCS lease sales. Both of these requirements were inadvertently overlooked but will be included in future reports. A number of areas for improving the next annual report which GAO suggested to Interior will be included in future reports.

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