National Outer Continental Shelf
Oil and Gas Leasing Program
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) develops the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for oil and gas development in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCS Lands Act). This National OCS Program establishes a five-year schedule of oil and gas lease sales proposed for the U.S. OCS. The National OCS Program specifies the size, timing, and location of potential leasing activity that the Secretary of the Interior determines will best meet national energy needs for the five-year period under consideration.
Currently, BOEM is working under the approved 2017–2022 Program. However, as directed in Executive Order 13795 (April 28, 2017) and Secretary's Order 3350 (May 1, 2017), BOEM is initiating a process to develop a new National OCS Program for 2019–2024 that, if approved, will supersede the 2017–2022 Program. The first of three proposals for 2019–2024, the Draft Proposed Program, was released on January 4, 2018, with a 60-day comment period that ended on March 9, 2018. Comments can be viewed online at Regulations.gov.