Cooperative Inspection Agreements with States and Tribes

To provide for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enter into cooperative agreements with Tribes so that authorized Tribal inspectors can carry out inspection activities on Indian oil and gas leases within Tribal jurisdiction.


Examples of Funded Projects

To date there are four funded inspection agreements with Tribes.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Catalog Appendix IV for list of BLM offices.


Program Accomplishments

To date, Tribal Oil and Gas Inspectors conducted 655 Inspections resulting in 394 violations being detected.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance to be used only for costs directly required to carry out the agreed upon activities as described in the signed agreement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Indian tribes with producing tribal oil and gas leases for which the Federal government has trust responsibility.

States may enter into a cooperative agreement for inspection of tribal oil and gas leases with the permission of the Tribe.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Indian tribes with producing tribal oil and gas leases for which the Federal government has trust responsibility. States that have tribal permission to enter into cooperative agreements to conduct inspections on tribal oil and gas leases.

Credentials/Documentation

None. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

States or Tribes may request oil and gas inspection information necessary to prepare a proposal.

The standard application form as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR, Subpart C, must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Completed SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance; 424A, Budget Information - NonConstruction Programs; and 424B, Assurances - Nonconstruction Programs and proposal must be submitted to the appropriate BLM State Director. The proposal must include a description of the type and extent of inspection activities proposed under the agreement, the number of proposed inspectors, the proposed period or time the agreement will be in effect; and the name, address and telephone number of the State or Tribal contact.

Award Procedures

Within 30 days of receipt of the proposal BLM will determine if the application is complete. If the application is acceptable, a start date will be given for negotiating the agreement. Negotiations will be carried out by the appropriate Field Office of the BLM.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Act of 1982, Public Law 97-451, Title II, Section 202, 30 U.S.C 1732.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Within 30 days the District or Resource Area Office will notify the State or Tribe if the application is complete and acceptable.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Agreements may be renewed with the consent of the BLM and the State or Tribe.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

As provided in 43 CFR 3190.2-2, funding will be up to 100 percent of allowable cost.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding shall be at least quarterly, upon submission of invoice or request for reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As specified in the agreement.

Audits

For awards made under this program, grantees are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.), and OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program- specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

All records are to be maintained for a period of 6 years or as specified in the agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$664 to $260,000; $67,877.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 3190; 43 CFR 3192.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for list of BLM offices.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Director, Resource Use and Protection (300), Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-4201.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Availability of funding and inspection workload.



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