(3/22/2012) Building on the February 2011 Scientific Integrity Policy, the Office of Policy Analysis led the drafting of the DOI Policy on Public Communications. The Policy ensures the free flow of scientific, scholarly and technical information.
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Scientific Integrity Policy
(2/1/2011) The Office of Policy Analysis played a key role in the development of DOI's first Policy on Scientific and Scholarly Activities. The policy is based on principles found in the September 2010 Secretarial Order on Ensuring Scientific Integrity within the Department of the Interior and guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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DOI Report on Unused Oil and Gas Leases
On March 11, 2011, President Obama asked the Department of the Interior to determine the acreage of public lands (onshore and offshore) that have been leased to oil and gas companies and remain undeveloped, noting that companies should be encouraged to produce energy from leases that they are holding.
In response to this request, the Office of Policy Analysis collected data on oil and gas leasing and production for Federal onshore and offshore areas from the USGS, BLM, and Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE).
The report concluded that the Department offered substantial acreage for potential oil and gas development in 2009 and 2010 that was not subsequently leased by bidding parties. In addition, for areas that are under lease, there are ten of millions of acres sitting idle - that is, not undergoing exploration, development or production.
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Report to the President: Oil and Gas Lease Utilization - Onshore and Offshore (March 2011)