The Minerals Management Service and Its Mapping and Boundary Branch
The Department of the Interior (DOI), through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), has the primary responsibility to manage the ocean energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) as well as the mineral revenues generated from the OCS and from onshore federal and American Indian lands to enhance public and trust benefits, promote responsible use, and realize fair value. The MMS has collected and disbursed more than $200 billion (€ 137 billion) since the bureau was created in 1982. Collections and disbursements averaged approximately $13 billion (€ 9 billion) annually over the last five years. In Fiscal Year 2008, the MMS disbursed more than $23.4 billion (€ 16 billion). Since its origin, MMS has been providing essential offshore geospatial data and information necessary to determine, describe, and map the submerged lands of the U.S. The Mapping and Boundary Branch (MBB) determines the offshore boundaries associated with the leasing program and provides maps and GIS data of the MMS Offshore Leasing Programs. This paper describes the responsibilities, current activities, and achievements of the Mineral Management Service's Mapping and Boundary Branch.
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