Grazing Fees:

BLM's Allocation of Revenues to Montana Appears Accurate

RCED-92-95: Published: Mar 11, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) payments made to Montana from grazing fees collected on certain federal lands within the state.

GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1991, BLM collected $2.2 million in grazing fees in Montana, part of which BLM distributed to state and local governments; (2) the BLM grazing fee collection and revenue distribution system provides reasonable assurance that BLM properly collects and distributes grazing fees and revenues; (3) BLM established Montana's grazing districts in accordance with the three categories established in federal law; (4) a comparison of the legal descriptions of the allotments in the BLM allotment files and the BLM land status maps indicates that BLM properly classified the lands; (5) when the data entered into the system were accurate, fee revenues were deposited into proper accounts and distributed correctly; (6) BLM has began to make system refinements to reduce the possibility of data entry errors; (7) BLM has made a good-faith effort to respond to requests by state officials for data that would enable Montana to more accurately distribute grazing fee payments to its counties; and (8) BLM has decided that it is inappropriate to provide Montana with data that would permit a reconciliation between the number of animal unit months grazed each year and the grazing fee payment Montana receives.