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Developing Standards

BSEE incorporates over 100 technical standards into its regulatory program. The standards are related to equipment specifications, operating practices, equipment manufacturing, and hydrocarbon measurement. Currently, BSEE is working with industry on a variety of standards-related issues key to enhancing safety on the OCS. These include, but are not limited to, deepwater operations, Safety and Environmental Management Systems, cementing, cranes, high pressure high temperature, and safety valves.

When consultation and participation is in the public interest and is compatible with the agency's missions, authorities, priorities, and budget resources, under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (Pub. L.104-113) BSEE must consult with voluntary consensus standards bodies, both domestic and international and participate with such bodies in the development of voluntary consensus standards. Standards developed by voluntary consensus standards bodies are often appropriate for use in achieving BSEE policy objectives and in conducting federal activities, including procurement and regulation. Participation in the standards development process provides BSEE with information on how a specific standard should be interpreted by the agency or used to address regulatory needs. Participation aids in the decision-making process of whether to incorporate a standard or an updated standard into our regulations.

Documents Incorporated by Reference

Incorporation By Reference (IBR) allows Federal agencies to comply with the requirement to publish rules in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to material already published elsewhere. The legal effect of Incorporation By Reference is that the material is treated as if it were published in the Federal Register and CFR. This material, like any other properly issued rule, has the force and effect of law. Congress authorized incorporation by reference in the Freedom of Information Act to reduce the volume of material published in the Federal Register and CFR. (See 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51). Congress gave complete authority to the Director of the Federal Register to determine whether a proposed incorporation by reference serves the public interest and approve the agency's IBR request.

For a list of BSEE incorporated standards see § 250.198 Documents incorporated by reference at under Title 30, Part 250.