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Cooperative Agreements for Delegated Authority


The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements (Agreements) with States or Indian Tribes to share oil and gas royalty management information, and to carry out inspection, audit, investigation, and enforcement activities on Federal and Indian lands. Agreements form the framework of ONRR's relationship with States and Indian Tribes in the area of mineral revenue compliance functions. By virtue of this relationship, these States and Indian Tribes are working partners with ONRR and integral participants in the overall compliance effort.

Authorities and Standards

A State or Indian Tribe may request the Department to enter into a cooperative agreement by sending a letter from the governor, tribal chairman, or other appropriate official with delegation authority, to the Director of ONRR. We reimburse States and Indian Tribes for the costs of performing authorized activities; costs may include salaries, office equipment, and travel expenses.

Every State and Indian Tribe must adhere to the same standards followed by ONRR including the Government Auditing Standards, the ONRR Audit Manual, and ONRR Compliance Review Manual.

ONRR reviews each participating State and Indian Tribal program to determine whether it is:

  • Achieving satisfactory performance, including progress toward milestones, and/or timely completion of audits, and/or conducting compliance reviews.
  • Adhering to records management system standards.
  • Requesting accurate costs for reimbursement.
  • Receiving satisfactory peer review ratings.
  • Adhering to ONNR's Audit Manual and Compliance Review Manual.
  • Maintaining an accurate and complete equipment inventory.

Current Partners

State partnerships include:
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
Indian Tribal partnerships include:
  • Blackfeet Nation (Montana)
  • Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah)
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe and Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming) – Joint Agreement
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe (Colorado)
  • Ute Indian Tribe (Utah)
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (Colorado and New Mexico)


Sherri Glover
Agreements Officer

(303) 969-5891
Bruce Rumburg
Agreements Officer's Representative

(303) 231-3457
Kyle McCartney

(303) 231-3053
John Elges

(303) 231-3158
Jane Gahan

(303) 231-3600
Caroline Kim

(303) 231-3075
Thomas Mack

(303) 231-3195
Bruce Rumburg

(303) 231-3457
Peter Hanley

(303) 231-3457
Greta Carolan

(303) 231-3499
  • Alaska
  • Blackfeet Tribe
  • Colorado
  • Southern Ute Tribe
  • Wyoming
Olawale Alimi

(303) 231-3963
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Northern Ute
  • Utah
  • Ute Mountain Ute
Charles Boykin

(303) 231-3393
  • California
  • North Dakota
  • Navajo
  • Oklahoma
  • Shoshone
  • Arapaho