The Indian Energy Service Center (IESC) is a multi-agency collaboration between BIA, BLM, ONRR, and BTFA whose mission is to expedite Indian oil and gas activities, standardize processes, and provide for multi-disciplinary engagement in support of gaining efficiencies in the management of all types of Indian Energy, Renewable Energy, and Mineral development and activities to better serve Indian beneficiaries and Tribes.
The IESC was created through a recommendation from an Indian Energy and Minerals Steering Committee (IEMSC) subcommittee to address the growing backlog at Agencies due to the increased activity in various parts of Indian country. Approved by the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, the IESC received federal funding in FY 2016 and began hiring staff from BIA, BLM, and ONRR.Purpose
Support and streamline Interior's Indian energy development business process employed in the dozens of Interior field offices across the country that manages all types of Indian energy, renewable energy, and mineral leasing and development activities. These field offices operate under varying interpretations of applicable requirements, input and output complicated program information to numerous other processing offices, and are regularly overwhelmed by surging workloads. The Federal offices included in the IESC structure, BIA, BLM, ONRR, and BTFA, are those that directly manage and process all types of the Federal government’s Indian energy, renewable energy, and mineral leasing activities and within which the aforementioned Interior field offices exist.Mission
Streamline business processes to efficiently develop the Indian mineral estate while protecting trust assets by removing barriers to all types of energy, renewable energy, and mineral development on Indian lands.Principles
"Quality of Life, Stewardship, Accountability, and Beneficiary Focus"
Each of the four principles was a collaboration of principles from each of the four agencies represented at the IESC.
Quality of Life
BIA’s mission is to enhance, promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets.
BLM is tasked with being the steward of all public and trust lands.
ONRR collects, accounts for, and verifies every dollar due.
BTFA focuses on protecting, preserving, providing, and engaging for beneficiaries and all Indian trust assets.
IESC offers a cost effective solution to providing a centralized and multifunctional processing capacity necessary to ensure Interior’s successful fulfillment of its Indian energy and mineral development responsibilities in the face of fluctuating workloads. It also promulgates across Interior’s Indian energy organizations a common business process that works to standardize and streamline all types of Indian energy, renewable energy, and mineral development functions for the best benefit of Interior and the Indian beneficiary. Efficiencies are gained by applying significant streamlining improvements offered in the recently developed Onshore Federal and Indian Energy and Mineral Lease Management Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), a business process that greatly simplifies processing activities while assuring that Interior responsibilities in Titles 25, 30, and 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations are fulfilled.Organizational Alignment
The Service Center Director reports directly to the Deputy Bureau Director – Trust Services of BIA. Each agency has an onsite branch chief that oversees the duties of the employees from their agency. The four branches of the IESC are: Real Estate Services (BIA), Engineering Services (BLM), Mineral Services (ONRR) and Trust Fund Administration (BTFA).