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As of November 30, 2021, there are 4659 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Offshore Oil and Gas: Opportunities Exist to Better Ensure a Fair Return on Federal Resources

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The BOEM director should enlist an independent third party to examine the extent to which the bureau's use of delayed valuations assures the receipt of fair market value, and make changes—such as terminating the use of delayed valuations or amending its model's assumptions—as appropriate. (Recommendation 2)
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Interior did not agree with this recommendation. Specifically, Interior stated BOEM did not agree with our characterization of BOEM's delayed valuations and stated that BOEM believes it is neither necessary nor cost effective to enlist an independent third party. However, BOEM agreed to (1) examine its delayed value calculation, particularly as it relates to the impact of biannual lease sales, (2) develop a plan to perform a comprehensive internal review of delayed value calculations and make appropriate changes, and (3) institute a peer-review process for all potential changes. In January

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The BOEM director should take steps to ensure that BOEM's bid valuation process is not biased toward adjusting valuations downward based on their proximity to bids. (Recommendation 3)
Open

Interior partially agreed with this recommendation. Specifically, Interior stated it agreed with the recommendation, but did not agree with our characterization of BOEM's bid valuation process. In January 2021, Interior indicated that BOEM will review its bid valuation process and identify, document, and remediate deficiencies. Interior indicated that it expects BOEM to complete these actions by the end of 2021.

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