FEDERAL LANDS INCLUDED IN STATE IRRIGATION DISTRICTS
GRANTS OF DESERT LANDS TO STATES FOR RECLAMATION
APPROPRIATION OF WATERS; RESERVOIR SITES
SALE AND DISPOSAL OF PUBLIC LANDS
RESERVATION AND SALE OF TOWN SITES ON PUBLIC LANDS
SURVEY OF PUBLIC LANDS
RESERVATIONS AND GRANTS TO STATES FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES
GRANTS IN AID OF RAILROADS AND WAGON ROADS
FORFEITURE OF NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD INDEMNITY LAND GRANTS
RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND OTHER EASEMENTS IN PUBLIC LANDS
GRANTS OF SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS
DRAINAGE UNDER STATE LAWS
UNLAWFUL INCLOSURES OR OCCUPANCY; OBSTRUCTING SETTLEMENT OR TRANSIT
LANDS HELD UNDER COLOR OF TITLE
ABANDONED MILITARY RESERVATIONS
PUBLIC LANDS IN OKLAHOMA
LANDS IN GREER COUNTY
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS
PATENTS FOR PRIVATE LAND CLAIMS
DISPOSITION OF SUSPENDED ENTRIES AND CLAIMS; INVALID AND DEFECTIVE CLAIMS AND PATENTS THEREFOR
SALES OF ISOLATED TRACTS
OREGON AND CALIFORNIA RAILROAD AND COOS BAY WAGON ROAD GRANT LANDS
DISPOSAL OF MATERIALS ON PUBLIC LANDS
EVIDENCES OF TITLE
ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS
OATHS IN CERTAIN LAND MATTERS
WISCONSIN RIVER AND LAKE LAND TITLES
MOVING EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ACQUISITION OF LANDS BY SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
STATE CONTROL OF NOXIOUS PLANTS ON GOVERNMENT LANDS
LANDS BENEATH NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN STATE BOUNDARIES
OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LANDS
ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC LANDS
SERVICE CHARGES AND EXCESS PAYMENTS
DEPOSITS AND FORFEITURES
PUBLIC LAND LAW REVIEW COMMISSION
CLASSIFICATION OF LANDS TO PROVIDE FOR DISPOSAL OR INTERIM MANAGEMENT
SALE OF PUBLIC LAND
SALE OF PUBLIC LANDS SUBJECT TO UNINTENTIONAL TRESPASS
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
COLORADO RIVER BASIN PROJECT
INVESTIGATIONS AND PLANNING
AUTHORIZED UNITS; PROTECTION OF EXISTING USES
LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN DEVELOPMENT FUND
COLORADO RIVER BASIN SALINITY CONTROL
PROGRAMS DOWNSTREAM FROM IMPERIAL DAM
MEASURES UPSTREAM FROM IMPERIAL DAM
COLORADO RIVER FLOODWAY
ALASKA NATIVE CLAIMS SETTLEMENT
IMPLEMENTATION OF ALASKA NATIVE CLAIMS SETTLEMENT AND ALASKA STATEHOOD
FEDERAL LAND POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
LAND USE PLANNING AND LAND ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION
DESIGNATED MANAGEMENT AREAS
OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
OFFSHORE OIL SPILL POLLUTION FUND
FISHERMENS CONTINGENCY FUND
PUBLIC RANGELANDS IMPROVEMENT
CRUDE OIL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
RECLAMATION STATES EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF
DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLANNING
GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION
RURAL WATER SUPPLY
RECLAMATION RURAL WATER SUPPLY
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WATER WORKS
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Section, R.S. § 446; 1946 Reorg. Plan No. 3, § 403, eff. July 16, 1946, 11 F.R. 7876, 60 Stat. 1100, provided that there shall be in the Department of the Interior a Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Provision for a Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior and for the structure of such Bureau is contained in section 403 of the 1946 Reorg. Plan No. 3, which is set out below.
Duties concerning public lands
The Secretary of the Interior or such officer as he may designate shall perform all executive duties appertaining to the surveying and sale of the public lands of the United States, or in anywise respecting such public lands, and, also, such as relate to private claims of land, and the issuing of patents for all grants of land under the authority of the Government.
Section, acts July 11, 1890, ch. 667, § 1, 26 Stat. 257; June 17, 1910, ch. 297, 36 Stat. 512, provided for the office of an assistant commissioner of the General Land Office, which was subsequently abolished by Reorg. Plan No. 3 of 1946, § 403, eff. July 16, 1946, 11 F.R. 7876, 60 Stat. 1100. That Plan provided for a Bureau of Land Management, including an Associate Director and as many Assistant Directors as the Secretary of the Interior may find necessary. See note set out under section
1 of this title.
4, act May 22, 1908, ch. 186, 35 Stat. 225, which provided for a temporary assistant commissioner of the General Land Office, was superseded by Reorg. Plan No. 3 of 1946, § 403, eff. July 16, 1946, 11 F.R. 7876, 60 Stat. 1100, set out as a note under section
1 of this title.
5, R.S. § 447, provided for a recorder of the former General Land Office.
Duties of employees to certify, record, etc., patents
It shall be the duty of such officers or employees of the Bureau of Land Management as may be designated by the Secretary of the Interior, in pursuance of instructions from the Secretary of the Interior or such officer as he may designate, to certify and affix the seal of the office to all patents for public lands, and to attend to the correct engrossing, recording, and transmission of such patents. They shall prepare alphabetical indexes of the names of patentees, and of persons entitled to patents; and shall prepare such copies and exemplifications of matters on file or recorded in the Bureau of Land Management as the Secretary or such officer may from time to time direct.
Section, act May 22, 1908, ch. 186, 35 Stat. 225, authorized Secretary of the Interior to designate a temporary recorder for former General Land Office in certain cases. Reorg. Plan No. III of 1940, § 4, eff. June 30, 1940, 5 F.R. 2108, 54 Stat. 1232, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees, abolished office of Recorder of former General Land Office and provided that his functions should be exercised under direction and supervision of Secretary of the Interior through those officers or employees of former General Land Office as he might designate.
Section, R.S. § 451; act June 19, 1878, ch. 329, 20 Stat. 183, provided for an assistant to sign land patents. See section
15 of this title.
Section, acts May 24, 1922, ch. 199, 42 Stat. 555; Jan. 24, 1923, ch. 42, 42 Stat. 1177, related to depositary acting for commissioner as receiver of public moneys.
Restriction on officers, clerks, and employees
The officers, clerks, and employees in the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from directly or indirectly purchasing or becoming interested in the purchase of any of the public land; and any person who violates this section shall forthwith be removed from his office.
Seal, books, and records
The Secretary of the Interior or such officer as he may designate shall retain the charge of the seal adopted for the Bureau of Land Management which may continue to be used, and of the records, books, papers, and other property appertaining to the Bureau of Land Management.
Original papers on file as evidence
Whenever the officer, as the Secretary of the Interior may designate, of any United States land office shall be served with a subpoena duces tecum or other valid legal process requiring him to produce, in any United States court or in any court of record of any State, the original application for entry of public lands or the final proof of residence and cultivation or any other original papers on file in the Bureau of Land Management of the United States on which a patent to land has been issued or which furnish the basis for such patent, it shall be the duty of such officer to at once notify the Secretary of the Interior, or such officer as he may designate, of the service of such process, specifying the particular papers he is required to produce, and upon receipt of such notice from any such officer of a United States land office the Secretary or such officer designated by him shall at once transmit to the officer of such land office the original papers specified in such notice, and which such officer is required to produce, and to attach to such papers a certificate, under seal of his office, properly authenticating them as the original papers upon which patent was issued; and such papers so authenticated shall be received in evidence in all courts of the United States and in the several State courts of the States of the Union: Provided, That the Secretary of the Interior shall make rules and regulations to secure the return of such documents to the Bureau of Land Management, after use in evidence, without cost to the United States.
Returns relative to lands
All returns relative to the public lands shall be made to the Secretary of the Interior or such officer as he may designate.