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Directorates

Office of Congressional and International Affairs (OCIA)


The Office of Congressional and International Affairs (OCIA) serves as BSEE’s primary point of contact for the United States Congress and BSEE’s international counterparts.  The OCIA is responsible for the coordination of all communication and engagements, as well as ensuring consistent messaging and effective exchanges of information, in these arenas.

The Congressional Affairs team manages and analyzes all congressional and legislative matters that pertain to BSEE.  Their responsibilities that facilitate these engagements include the analysis of proposed, pending, and enacted legislation for impacts on BSEE’s mission, priorities and goals; preparation of bureau statements and witnesses before Congress; actively informing Congress of bureau issues and activities; and providing timely responses to questions from the House, Senate, Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service.  They maintain an open line of communication regarding BSEE’s programs and policies with BSEE’s authorizing committees as well as other relevant committees, Members and support offices.  They serve as the bureau’s liaison with Congress, the Department, and other Federal executive agencies.

The International Affairs team manages and analyzes the bureau’s international programs and policies to ensure initiatives are consistent with BSEE’s mission, priorities and goals.  Their responsibilities that facilitate these engagements include structuring international cooperation agreements; organization of technical exchanges; advising BSEE’s international travelers on matters of security, protocol and travel requirements; and, support of BSEE engagement in international regulatory fora.  They maintains an open line of communication regarding BSEE’s programs and policies with the Department’s Office of International Affairs, the Department of State and the international programs within all relevant U.S. agencies such as the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of the Treasury.

Congressional Testimony

BSEE Office of Public Affairs (OPA)


The Office of Public Affairs coordinates the public affairs activities of all of the bureau's components and offices.

The Office of Public Affairs is the primary point of contact for news media, organizations and the public seeking information about the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's programs, policies, procedures and services. BSEE OPA assists the director and senior staff on all public affairs, as well as strategic and internal communications matters. They also serve as a liaison with the Department of the Interior, other federal agencies, state and local governments and other organizations concerning public information matters.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • preparing speeches for the Director and senior managers;
  • serving as the principal news media gateway for official Bureau announcements, press releases, news briefs, statements, biographies of principal officers, and other documents of public interest;
  • coordinating the Bureau's external message for offshore emergency response, safety and enforcement activities;
  • serving as the Bureau-wide point of contact for the planning, development, and review of all Bureau print, web, display, audiovisual and broadcast products intended for the public;
  • establishing and maintaining close working relationships with a broad range of public and private sector organizations; and
  • managing the bureau's web content, including content on bsee.gov and in social media.

BSEE’s Integrity and Professional Responsibility Advisor (IPRA)


The IPRA works directly for the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to promptly and credibly respond to allegations or evidence of misconduct, unethical behavior, and unlawful activities by BSEE and BOEM employees.

The IPRA also works closely with the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General.

To contact the IPRA:

  • In person or by mail to the following address:
    Integrity and Professional Responsibility Advisor
    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
    1849 C Street, NW
    Mail Stop 5438, Room 5450
    Washington, DC 20240
  • IPRA confidential mail drop box (located outside of room 5460 in the Main Interior Building)
  • Or by calling the IPRA Hotline at 1-877-440-0173 or 202-208-5646, option 2.

BSEE Office of Budget


The Office of Budget is responsible for managing BSEE’s annual budget through all phases of the federal budget cycle. This includes preparing BSEE’s President’s Budget Request, tracking Congressional appropriations activity, and tracking and analyzing program office spending against annual operating plans.

BSEE Office of Policy and Analysis (OPAA)


OPAA advances organizational effectiveness and collaboration by identifying opportunities and risks, performing thorough analysis and facilitating the development and execution of enterprise-wide initiatives.  OPAA oversees BSEE’s internal policy program; enterprise risk management, internal controls, and program evaluation; strategic planning and performance management; and scientific integrity and peer review, among other efforts.  OPAA also assures implementation of recommendations made by oversight groups such as the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General.