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Accession Number PB2014-103940
Title Oil and Gas: Interior Has Begun to Address Hiring and Retention Challenges but Needs to Do More.
Publication Date Jan 2014
Media Count 85p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Interior employs a wide range of highly-trained specialists and scientists with key skills to oversee oil and gas operations on leased federal lands and waters. GAO and others have reported that Interior has faced challenges hiring and retaining sufficient staff to carry out these responsibilities. In February 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 in part because of Interior's long-standing and continued human capital challenges. GAO was asked to update the status of Interior's human capital challenges. This report examines: (1) the extent to which Interior continues to face challenges hiring and retaining key oil and gas staff and the causes of these challenges; (2) Interior's efforts to address its hiring and retention challenges; and (3) the effects of hiring and retention challenges on Interior's oversight of oil and gas activities. GAO surveyed 44 Interior offices that oversee oil and gas operations of which 40 responded; analyzed offshore inspection records and other documents; and interviewed agency officials.
Keywords Abuse
Department of the Interior
Federal lands
Gas fields
Mineral resources
Offshore drilling
Oil fields
Personnel management
Personnel retention

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 48A - Mineral Industries
97K - Fuels
97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number N/A

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