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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240-0001


DIRECTOR Abigail Ross Hopper

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was created on October 1, 2011, as directed by Secretarial Order No. 3299, as amended.

The Bureau assesses marine-related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and the nature, extent, recoverability, and value of energy resources and minerals located there. It promotes responsible marine-related activities, including exploring, inventorying, and developing energy and mineral resources; analyzes the potential environmental effects of proposed resource management operations; conducts and oversees environmental studies to inform policy decisions on OCS energy and marine mineral resources management; develops and implements leasing and resource evaluation and management regulations; and oversees the financial accountability of lessees, operators, and operating-rights holders to ensure that they meet financial and contractual commitments.

The Bureau promotes cooperation among the Federal Government, State and tribal governments, and native communities on national, regional, and local issues relevant to the scope of its responsibilities. BOEM activities also support national policy priorities: energy security, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

Information on doing business with the Bureau is available online.


The BOEM Web site features a calendar of upcoming events.

Career Opportunities

The BOEM relies on professionals with engineering and science backgrounds for ensuring the safe and environmentally responsible development of the Nation's offshore energy and marine mineral resources.

The BOEM posts vacancy announcements on its Web site.

Educational Resources

BOEM teacher resources are available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Instructions for submitting a request for BOEM records under the FOIA are available online. The BOEM operates a FOIA requester service center. Phone, 703-787-1818.


The BOEM maintains an online resource evaluation glossary.

Historic Preservation

Archaeologists in Office of Renewable Energy Programs coordinate studies and conduct National Historic Preservation Act reviews to identify and protect archaeological sites and other historic properties. OCS historic properties include aircraft, lighthouses, precontact (European contact with Native Americans) archaeological sites, and shipwrecks. Historic properties onshore come under review when a proposed renewable energy project may affect them. To learn more about investigating the steamship "City of Houston" and German submarine "U–576" and other preservation activities, visit the "Historic Preservation Activities" Web page.


The BOEM Web site has an electronic library.

Marine Minerals

Mineral resources from the OCS are used in coastal restoration projects to address erosion. The BOEM has conveyed rights to millions of cubic yards of OCS sand for coastal restoration projects in multiple States. These projects have restored hundreds of miles of the Nation's coastline, protecting both infrastructure and ecological habitat. The BOEM posts key marine mineral statistics on its Web site. | Email:


The BOEM newsroom features congressional testimony, factsheets, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), leadership presentations, media advisories, notes to stakeholders, science notes, statistics and facts, technical announcements, and videos.

Oil and Gas Energy

The BOEM has posted the 2012–2017 lease sale schedule and information on specific lease sales on its Web site.


Colorful BOEM posters that promote maritime history, ocean science and stewardship, and awareness of marine animals and their habitats are available from the Gulf of Mexico Public Information Office. Phone, 800-200-4853.

Renewable Energy

The offshore renewable energy guide provides background information on ocean renewable energy resources, the Outer Continental Shelf, and alternate uses for oil and gas platforms.

A list of leases that the BOEM has executed since the inception of its renewable energy program is available online.

The BOEM collaborates with States on offshore energy development and is in the process of coordinating Federal-State task forces in certain coastal States. A summary of the status of activity in the various States is available online.

Regional Offices

The BOEM operates three regional offices, one for the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) region, one for the Pacific OCS region, and one for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS regions. Phone, 907-334-5200 (Alaska). Phone, 805-384-6305 (Pacific). Phone, 800-200-4853 (Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic).


The BOEM Alaskan shipwreck table is the most comprehensive compilation of Alaskan shipwrecks to date. The table offers a list of wrecks that occurred in Alaskan waters from 1741 to 2011. The "Shipwrecks Off Alaska's Coast" Web page also features maritime history, ship, and shipwreck links to external Web sites.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests. | Email:

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