Offshore Oil and Gas Oversight: Actions Needed to Address Leadership Commitment Deficiencies at Interior

In this testimony before the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, Frank Rusco, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, discusses the U.S. Government Accountability Office's report issued on offshore oil and gas oversight. The testimony addresses findings on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE's) leadership efforts in implementing key strategic initiatives to improve its safety and environmental oversight and internal management. Findings include: (1) BSEE leadership has started several initiatives to improve its safety and environmental oversight capabilities, but its limited efforts to obtain and incorporate input from within the bureau have hindered its progress; (2) BSEE has begun four strategic initiatives to improve its internal management but their successful implementation has been hindered by limited leadership commitment and not addressing factors contributing to trust concerns; (3) BSEE leadership did not fully implement initiatives to improve decision-making capabilities; (4) Initiatives to enhance communication and transparency have not addressed factors contributing to long-standing trust concerns between headquarters and the regions.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 14p

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  • Accession Number: 01633356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-17-505T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 10:42AM