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MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE AWARDS CALIFORNIA $750,000 FOR STATE'S ASSISTANCE WITH AUDITS

 CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced that it will award the state of California $750,000 in Fiscal Year 1994 to fund state audits of mineral leases on federal public lands within its boundaries.
 "The award provided funds for a work plan agreed to under Section 205 of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA) of 1982," according to MMS Director Tom Fry. Under the agreement, state officials perform audits and other related reviews on federal oil, gas, and other solid mineral leases located in California.
 The MMS's Cooperative and Delegated Audit Program enables participating states to supplement MMS's audit coverage of revenues from leases within state. MMS reimburses states for the costs of audits, such as salaries and travel expenses. Other participants include Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
 Four Indian tribes -- the Navajo Nation, the Ute, the Southern Ute, and the Ute Mountain Ute -- are similarly reimbursed for audit work on their respective tribal lands under Section 2020 of FOGRMA.
 "More than $4 million in auditing assistance was reimbursed to states last year," Fry said, "Sharing resources and information in our working partnership has increased our auditing coverage and effectiveness. I am pleased that this cooperation continues," he added.
 Through its Royalty Management Program the MMS collects, accounts for, and disburses about $4 billion in revenues associated with federal and Indian minerals leases each year.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Rather than sending 10 news releases that differ only in the amount of money being awarded to the state for audit assistance, we are forwarding this release about California receiving $750,000. Nine other states will receive awards in Fiscal Year 1994 to fund state audits of minerals leases on federal public lands within their boundaries. They are: Colorado, $750,000; Louisiana, $135,000, Montana, $207,901; New Mexico, $300,000; North Dakota, $223,000; Oklahoma, $185,000; Texas, $40,000; Utah, $558,756; and Wyoming, $508,000./
 /CONTACT: Tom DeRocco, 202-208-3983, or Michael Baugher, 303-231-3162, both of Minerals Management Service/


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