API approves MMS e-government initiative

The API recommends that the OCS Connect e-government initiative be funded and fine-tuned.

The American Petroleum Institute (APl) has responded publicly to the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) for comments on its ‘OCS Connect’ e-government initiative. The API ‘strongly supports’ OCS Connect which will help industry/MMS interactions migrate from paper reporting to an online environment.


The API requested that OCS Connect Initiative be ‘adequately funded’ to insure that project goals are achieved. Industry has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in e-business and it behooves the MMS to make the necessary investments for efficient interactions with industry.


APl further requested that the MMS evaluate which data types are really required from industry adding that currently, much information requested is ‘inconsistent’ and ‘nice to have’ rather than mission-critical to the MMS.

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