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Notice of Proposed Audit Delegation Renewal for the States of Alaska, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The States of Alaska, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are requesting that ONRR renew current delegations of audit and investigation authority. This notice gives members of the public an opportunity to review and comment on the States' proposals.

DATES:

Submit written comments on or before May 23, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments on this notice by any of the following methods:

  • Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter ONRR-2011-0018, and then click search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments. ONRR will post all comments.
  • Email comments to Luis Aguilar, Regulatory Specialist, at Luis.Aguilar@onrr.gov. Please reference the Docket No. ONRR-2011-0018 in your comments.
  • Hand-carry comments or use an overnight courier service. Our courier address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal Center, West 6th Ave. and Kipling St., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference the Docket No. ONRR-2011-0018 in your comments.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Heidi Badaracco, State and Tribal Support, State and Indian Coordination, ONRR; telephone (303) 231-3434; or by email at Heidi.Badaracco@onrr.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The following officials are the State contacts for their respective proposals:Start Printed Page 23515

StateDepartmentContact information
AlaskaDivision of Oil and GasMonica French, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 800, Anchorage, AK 99501-5313.
CaliforniaState Controller's OfficeElizabeth Gonzalez, 300 Capitol Mall, Suite 518, Sacramento, CO 94250-5874.
ColoradoColorado Department of Revenue, Mineral Audit SectionBrenda Petersen, 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 400N, Denver, CO 80246-1968.
North DakotaState Auditor's Office, Royalty Audit SectionDennis Roller, 425 North 5th Street, 3rd Floor, Bismarck, ND 58501-4033.
TexasTexas General Land OfficeLuke Decker, 1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 640, Austin, TX 78701-1436.
UtahUtah State Tax CommissionJennifer Casady, 210 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 64134-9000.
WyomingWY Dept. of Audit, Mineral Audit DivisionSteve Dilsaver, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001-3004.

The States' new agreement application, including proposed budget and work plan, are due April 1, 2016. In accordance with 30 CFR 1227.101(b)(1), the States request that ONRR delegate the royalty management functions of conducting audits and investigations. The States request delegation of these functions for producing Federal oil and gas leases within the State boundaries, as applicable. This is for producing Federal oil and gas leases in the Outer Continental Shelf, subject to revenue sharing under 8(g) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1337(g); and for other producing solid mineral or geothermal Federal leases within the State. The States do not request delegation of royalty and production reporting functions. In addition to audit and investigation authority, the State of Wyoming also requests to renew its authority under 30 CFR 1227.101(b)(2) to issue Orders to Pay, Orders to Perform, and tolling agreements as a result of an audit or compliance review; it also requests to renew its subpoena authority under the Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act related to oil and gas revenues owed to the United States and shared with the State, which are attributable to leased Federal onshore property within the State.

The States have asked ONRR to renew the delegations within the time required by 30 CFR 1227.110(b). The States of Alaska, California, and Utah request 100-percent funding of the delegated functions for a 3-year period beginning July 1, 2016, with the opportunity to extend for an additional 3-year period. The States of Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming request 100-percent funding of the delegated functions for a 3-year period beginning October 1, 2016, with the opportunity to extend for an additional 3-year period. The States have a current audit delegation agreement with ONRR, as shown in the table below:

StateAgreement No.Term
AlaskaD12AC700037/01/2010-6/30/2013, 7/01/2013-6/30/2016.
CaliforniaD12AC700047/01/2010-6/30/2013, 7/01/2013-6/30/2016.
ColoradoD12AC7000510/01/2010-9/30/2013, 10/01/2013-9/30/2016.
North DakotaD12AC7000710/01/2010-9/30/2013, 10/01/2013-9/30/2016.
TexasD12AC7000910/01/2010-9/30/2013, 10/01/2013-9/30/2016.
UtahD12AC700107/01/2010-6/30/2013, 7/01/2013-6/30/2016.
WyomingD12AC7001210/01/2010-9/30/2013, 10/01/2013-9/30/2016.

Therefore, ONRR has determined that we will not hold a formal hearing for comments under 30 CFR 1227.105.

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Dated: April 6, 2016.

Gregory J. Gould,

Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

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[FR Doc. 2016-09217 Filed 4-20-16; 8:45 am]

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