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POGO Submits FOIA Request for Minerals Management Service Documents

May 27, 2010 


POGO has just submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Minerals Management Service (MMS), seeking information about guidance provided by the MMS Solicitor's Office.

From the official request:

Please provide, for a period of January 1998 to May 20, 2010 any final depositions, including policy letters, decisions, agreements, judgments, opinions, compliance or enforcement actions, findings, emails, or other similar records regarding safety inspections, production inspections, and royalty collections issued for the Minerals Management Service.

Guidance from the solicitor's office plays an important role in MMS activities. As questions emerge about how the agency enforced safety regulations and collected oil and gas royalty payments, POGO is hoping to shed light on the agency's decision-making process.

POGO welcomes any suggestions as to other kinds of information or documents that should be requested.

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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