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308.39 - Bureau of Land Management/USGS Intra-agency Committee for Program Coordination


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1. Establishment. Originally established by Memorandum of Understanding signed March 21, 1974, by the Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and March 6, 1974, by the Director, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Reestablished by Memorandum of Understanding signed August 31, 1982, by the Director, USGS, and September 9, 1982, by the Director, BLM.

2. Purpose or Function. Inasmuch as the BLM and the USGS have related responsibilities in a number of program areas, it is in the national interest that such programs be closely coordinated and mutually supportive. The duties and responsibilities of the USGS/BLM Intra-agency Committee for Program Coordination are:

A. To coordinate related programs within the full range of interface between the two bureaus. These include programs for:

(1) Land and resource planning and classification.

(2) Mapping, surveying, and remote sensing.

(3) Water resource investigations.

(4) Mineral and energy resource assessments and surveys.

(5) Information systems.

(6) Biological and earth science surveys, monitoring, assessments, and investigations.

B. To arrange for cooperation and support in the operational conduct of related programs.

C. To provide for the exchange of data, information, and findings of mutual concern.

D. To exchange budget information during the preparation stages, and to share information with budgetary implications whenever appropriate.

3. Representation.

Co-Chairpersons: Associate Director for Programs, USGS, and Associate Director, BLM

Executive Secretariat: Chief, Office of Program Planning and Coordination, USGS; Staff Assistant, Office of the Assistant Director for Energy and Mineral Resources, BLM

Members: Each agency shall appoint a policy level official to serve as Subcommittee Co-Chairpersons of each of the permanent Subcommittees as identified in paragraph 6.

4. Staff. Staff and other members will be provided by the Co-Chairpersons.

5. Meetings. The Committee will meet at 6-month intervals or at the discretion of the Co-Chairpersons.

6. Permanent Subcommittees:

Energy and Sedimentary Minerals

Mineral Resource Assessment

Surveying and Mapping


Information Systems


Hazardous Materials

Biological Surveys, Monitoring, Assessments, and Investigations

7. Termination Date. None. The Committee will continue to function until either party declares its abolition in writing. The charter for this Committee shall be reviewed every 3 years.

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