This report and accompanying map (Plate 1) presents information on the Defense
Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration
(DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs in
Washington. Under these programs, the federal government participated in the
exploration costs for certain strategic and critical minerals. Federal funds for mineral exploration under the programs were available from 1950 to 1974, although limited funds for OME administrative work were continued until 1979.
The report reviews the three programs, associated regulations, administrative
procedures, and operational techniques. It also describes the various types of informative reports generated by the programs, lists mining properties in Washington that were involved in the exploration programs, and advises on location of compiled exploration information that resulted from the work.