Skip to Main Content
Project on Government Oversight




MMS Scandal: Where Are They Now? Deepwater Horizon Edition

April 30, 2010 


We don't know everyone's fate, but a recent quote by former Minerals Management Service (MMS) Director Randall Luthi (Director from July 2007 - January 2009—and oddly not identified as a former MMS Director in the article) shows that he is now the president of the National Oceans Industries Association (NOIA).

According to its website, NOIA's mission is "to secure reliable access and a favorable regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation's valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner." Its members include "producers of crude oil and natural gas, contractors, marine engineers, service and supply companies and others with an interest in producing energy from the nation's outer continental shelf." In other words, Luthi now represents precisely the industries his agency was tasked with overseeing. Ruthi succeeded Tom Fry, another former MMS Director, as as President of NOIA. NOIA's March press release announcing Luthi's position can be found here.

This is, of course, only one instance of the systemic revolving door problem between the Department of the Interior and the oil and gas industries that continues to cast doubt on the integrity of Interior's oversight of taxpayers' natural resources. We invite readers to contact POGO, or leave comments, into other instances that we have missed.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

# # #