About this site
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is creating this public data portal to tell the story of natural resource revenues from Federal lands. It supports the U.S. implementation of the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, is part of the cross-government Project Open Data and supports the goals of the U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership.
The site itself is a collaboration between DOI and 18F, a newly-formed organization in the General Services Administration that encompasses the Presidential Innovation Fellows program and an in-house digital delivery team. 18F builds effective, user-centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves.
For a snapshot of the collaborative processes that went into creating this site, check out this 18F blog post on our design studio for natural resource revenues.
Contributing Bureaus and Offices
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs fulfills Indian trust responsibilities; promotes self-determination on behalf of 566 federally recognized Indian tribes; and funds compacts and contracts to support natural resource education, law enforcement, and social service programs that are delivered by tribes.
Bureau of Land Management
Mission: to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. BLM manages and conserves resources for multiple use and sustained yield on approximately 248 million acres of public land, and an additional 700 million acres of subsurface federal mineral estate, including the following: renewable and conventional energy and mineral development; forest management, timber and biomass production; wild horse and burro management; management of diverse landscapes for the benefit of wildlife, domestic grazing, and recreational uses; resource management at sites of natural, scenic, scientific, and historical value including the National Landscape Conservation System.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM manages access to renewable and conventional energy resources of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); administers over 6,000 active fluid mineral leases on approximately 33 million OCS acres; issues leases that provide 21 percent of domestic crude oil and five percent of domestic natural gas supply; and oversees lease and grant issuance for off-shore renewable energy projects.
Bureau of Reclamation
USBR manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. It manages 476 dams and 337 reservoirs and delivers water to 1 in every 5 western farmers and more than 31 million people. USBR is the largest wholesale supplier of water in the Nation and America’s second largest producer of hydroelectric power.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
BSEE promotes safety, protects the environment, and conserves resources offshore through regulatory enforcement of offshore oil and gas facilities on the 1.7 billion acre US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); oversees oil spill for US facilities in state and federal waters and operates the Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research test facility; and supports research to promote the use of best available safest technology for oil spill response.
National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. The NPS maintains and manages a network of 401 natural, cultural, and recreational sites; manages and protects over 26,000 historic structures, over 44 million acres of designated wilderness, and a wide range of museum collections and cultural and natural landscapes; provides outdoor recreation to over 286 million annual park visitors; provides technical assistance and support to state and local natural and cultural resource sites and programs; and fulfills responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act
Office of Natural Resources Revenue
ONRR is responsible for the efficient, timely, and accurate collection and disbursement of all royalty payments, rentals, bonuses, fines, penalties, assessments, and other revenue due the Federal Government, American Indian Tribes and allottees, States and the American people from the leasing and production of natural resources from Federal and Indian lands onshore and the Outer Continental Shelf. Every American benefits from these revenues, either directly through payments to tribes and Indian mineral owners or indirectly through contributions to the Historic Preservation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Reclamation Fund, and disbursements to States and the General Fund of the U.S. Treasury.
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
Since 1977, OSMRE has protected the environment and people while regulating surface coal mining in the United States, and funded the restoration of abandoned coal mines. OSM protects the environment during coal mining through Federal programs, provides grants to states and tribes, and oversight activities; ensures the land is reclaimed afterwards; and mitigates the effects of past mining by pursuing reclamation of abandoned coal mine lands.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Mission: to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. USFWS manages the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System primarily for the benefit of fish and wildlife; manages 70 fish hatcheries and other related facilities for endangered species recovery and to restore native fisheries populations; protects and conserves migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and certain marine mammals; and hosts approximately 47 million visitors annually at 561 refuges located in all 50 states and 38 wetland management districts.
United States Geological Survey
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. It conducts scientific research in ecosystems, climate and land use change, mineral assessments, environmental health, and water resources to inform effective decision making and planning; produces information to increase understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides; conducts research on oil, gas, and alternative energy potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects; leads the effort on climate change science research for the Department of the Interior; and provides access to natural science information to support decisions about how to respond to natural risks and manage natural resources.