The Onshore Energy and Mineral Lease Management Interagency Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) establishes common standards and methods for creating efficient and effective working relationships between government agencies to achieve the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) goal of accurate energy and minerals accountability for onshore federal and Indian lands.
The SOP was created with the collaboration of multiple DOI offices and bureaus. It is maintained by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) through a delegation of authority from the Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management, and Budget. The SOP describes the responsibilities and information sharing required among bureaus and offices under the jurisdiction of the Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget (ASPMB); Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management (ASLM); Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs (ASIA); and the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration (BTFA) in carrying out DOI's responsibilities for federal and Indian onshore lease management and accounting.
The SOP replaces the 1997 Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM).
The SOP is a living document that can be adjusted as needed to reflect the evolving needs of stakeholders. Regular reviews and coordinated updates with the impacted organizations throughout DOI improve the performance of interagency activities by eliminating procedural ambiguities, establishing clear responsibilities, and updating organizational references.
To request an update to an Indian-specific SOP attachment, please contact the Indian Energy Service Center.
The latest version of the SOP is available to download at the links below.