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Recommendation: The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to include the other regulatory agencies in the Service Center, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers, so that the Service Center can act as a single point of contact or a lead agency to coordinate and navigate the regulatory process.
Agency: Department of the Interior Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: The Service Center has formal agreements with Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The agreements include commitments to share knowledge and information but do not integrate these agencies into the Service Center. The Service Center is managing three regional federal partner groups which consist of BIA, BLM, and Office of Natural Resource Revenue. These groups meet at least once a year and their intent is to identify and work to resolve energy and mineral issues. According to Service Center officials, the groups invite regional FWS, EPA and Corps officials to the meetings as needed. As of February 2020, the Service Center is working to establish federal partner groups in three additional regions. We will continue to monitor how FWS, EPA and Corps are included in Service Center activities, including through federal partner meetings that may help coordinate the regulatory process for energy development for each region.