The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has implemented a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its permitting systems.

Issued by BSEE’s Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs, the new directive requires the agency to conduct periodic review and assessment of permitting processes for consistency, timeliness and efficiency across the various districts and regions within the agency, BSEE said in a news release March 26. Teams of BSEE staff will develop the assessment plans and conduct the assessments, which will review permitting and include in-person site visits to district or regional offices as applicable.

BSEE said the new process seeks to reflect on permits issued by the agency and helps inform best practices for offshore energy permitting.