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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Agency overview
Formed October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Preceding Agency Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Employees N/A
Annual budget N/A
Agency executive Walter Cruickshank
Parent agency Department of the Interior
Website www.boem.gov

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior, established by Secretarial Order.[1]

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) states: "...the outer Continental Shelf is a vital national resource reserve held by the Federal Government for the public, which should be made available for expeditious and orderly development, subject to environmental safeguards, in a manner which is consistent with the maintainence [sic] of competition and other national needs."

BOEM and its sister agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are the agencies to which this responsibility is delegated. They exercise the oil, gas, and renewable energy-related management functions formerly under the purview of the Minerals Management Service. Specifically, BOEM activities involve resource evaluation, planning, and leasing.[1]

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