Federal Oil and Gas Royalties: Accuracy and Verification Issues


Alice Briggs (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: SCI024000

Production of oil and natural gas from leased federal lands and waters is a significant source of revenue for the federal government. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued many reports on Interior’s management of federal oil and gas resources, including its programs for verifying oil and gas production volumes and ensuring accurate royalty collections. These reports raised questions about whether the government was collecting all the revenue it was due and included 36 recommendations to strengthen royalty collection, among other things. In 2011, GAO added Interior’s management of federal oil and gas resources to its list of programs at high risk of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.

This book examines efforts Interior has taken since fiscal year 2009 and the reasonableness and completeness of Interior’s royalty data. The book also assesses the extent to which Interior’s production verification regulations and policies provide reasonable assurance that oil and gas are accurately measured; the extent to which Interior’s offshore and onshore production accountability inspection programs consistently set and meet program goals and address key factors affecting measurement accuracy; and Interior’s management of its production verification programs. Finally, it provides a descriptive update on Interior’s Minerals Management Service’s (MMS) key efforts to improve the accuracy of oil and gas royalty data; the assessment of the completeness and reasonableness of fiscal years 2006 and 2007 oil and gas royalty data—the latest data available; and factors identified by oil and gas companies that affect their ability to accurately report royalties owed to the federal government.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Oil and Gas Resources: Interior’s Production Verification Efforts and Royalty Data Have Improved, but Further Actions Needed
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Oil and Gas Management: Interior’s Oil and Gas Production Verification Efforts Do Not Provide Reasonable Assurance of Accurate Measurement of Production Volumes
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Mineral Revenues: MMS Could Do More to Improve the Accuracy of Key Data Used to Collect and Verify Oil and Gas Royalties
(United States Government Accountability Office)


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