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

Fiscal Year 2016: BLM continues to provide training and coordination for the Navajo Nation and Jicarillo Apache Tribal Inspection and Enforcement staff to carry out inspection and enforcement activities on Indian oil and gas leases within their Tribal jurisdiction.

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

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 Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV for list of Bureau of Land Management State offices.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Bureau of Land Management has awards financial assistance agreements with the Navajo and Jicarilla Nations. The agreements established procedures for cooperation and coordination in planning and programming for oil and gas inspections of Nation leases with a goal of increasing the frequency of inspections providing for the uniform application of regulations, and timely communications between the BLM and the Nation in performance of their regulatory functions. The inspection and enforcement staff are Navajo and Jicarilla nationals who have the appropriate technical training and language skills to operate freely on their reservation. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

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 with Federal government has trust responsibility.

State 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.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.

No state plan is required with this application.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Completed SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance; 424A, Budget Information - Non-Construction 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

Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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

Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The program has no statutory formula matching requirements. As provided in 43 CFR 3190.2-2, funding will be up to 100 percent of allowable cost. However, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding shall be at least quarterly, upon submission of invoice or request for reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-000; 14-1109-0-1-302.


(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $1,092,254; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $200,000 to $494,708. Average amount is $273,064 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 3190 and 43 CFR 3192.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for list of Bureau of Land Management State offices.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management, Resource Use and Protection (300), 1849 C St., NW, LS 300, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-4201.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on the Tribes direct relationship to federal and Tribal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit, and cost effectiveness.

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