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Developing the Next National OCS Program

National Outer Continental Shelf
Oil and Gas Leasing Program

BOEM develops the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for oil and gas development in accordance with the OCS Lands Act. The 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. The first of three proposals, the Draft Proposed Program, for the next National 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.  Next, BOEM will publish the second of three proposals, the Proposed Program, with a 90-day comment period.  Following the conclusion of the 90-day comment period, BOEM will prepare the last of three proposals, the Proposed Final Program. Following the publication of the Proposed Final Program, the Secretary must wait a minimum of 60-days prior to approving the National OCS Program.