The Department of the Interior's Computerized Resources Information Bank

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

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The Department of the Interior is the principal agency of the government responsible for managing mineral resources and has a major role in formulating mineral policy. Within the Geological Survey, the Computerized Resources Information Bank (CRIB) stores basic data on geology, mines, and commodities and retrieves the information for use in mineral resource analysis.

CRIB is incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, and lacks data and management support. A viable information system is needed to help officials perform the survey's most important minerals policy advisory role, analysis of long-term mineral resource availability.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: To increase the priority and high-level agency support for a computerized resource and decision oriented information bank, the Secretary of the Interior should direct the Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals to: (1) clearly formulate written mineral resource information requirements of the CRIB program for submission to the Geological Survey; (2) order that the CRIB system design and information requirements be made fully compatible with the Bureau of Mine's Mineral Availability System for mineral reserves; and (3) require the Director of the Geological Survey to formulate and put in place a survey-wide plan providing internal coordination and input to CRIB from all Geological Survey mineral activities. The Director of the Geological Survey should make the Assistant Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources responsible for developing and coordinating the implementation of an integrated Geological Survey-wide Mineral Resources Program that will utilize a CRIB-like system as the central or primary computerized minerals information system. Various forms of support should also be created and assigned to this task.

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