BSEE implements new permitting process quality assurance program

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has implemented a new quality assurance process to review and assess its permitting systems. The process aims to help inform best practices for offshore energy permitting, BSEE Director Scott A. Angelle said.

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has implemented a new quality assurance process to review and assess its permitting systems. The process aims to help inform best practices for offshore energy permitting, BSEE Director Scott A. Angelle said.

“Taking these actions now will promote BSEE’s effective monitoring of permit processes and provide an avenue to progress toward overall improvements such as decreased processing delays,” he said.

The new directive by BSEE’s Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs requires the agency to periodically review and assess permitting processes for consistency, timeliness, and efficiency across the US Department of the Interior agency’s districts and regions.

The quality assurance process will be conducted by carefully selected teams of BSEE staff who will develop the assessment plans and conduct the assessments, the agency said. These assessments will review permitting and include in-person site visits to district or regional offices where applicable, it indicated.

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