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POGO Supports Obama's Call to End MMS's Cozy Relationship with Industry

May 14, 2010 


The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is welcoming President Obama's criticism of the incestuous relationship between the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and the industry it oversees.

"For years, the MMS has been crippled by its appalling coziness with industry and we welcome the additional scrutiny of the agency from the highest level of the executive branch," said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian. " We've been exposing the problems at the MMS for years and from what we've seen, this agency will need far more than a dispersal agent to remove the stains to its integrity."

POGO hopes the president will tackle the problem head on, and separate the functions that create an inherent conflict of mission at the MMS.

"Secretary Salazar's proposal to divide the agency in two marks a step in the right direction, but in order to create more substantive reform, the agency's leasing and royalty collection functions also must be separated," Brian said.

Read more about the problems at the U.S. Minerals Management Service on POGO's natural resources investigations page, in POGO's testimony before Congress in 2009, and in POGO's 2008 report, Drilling the Taxpayer: Department of Interior's Royalty-In-Kind Program.

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.

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