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POGO Applauds Salazar for Recommending Two-Year Revolving Door Ban for Interior

June 24, 2010 


"The Project On Government Oversight applauds Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for recommending that Congress institute a two-year revolving door ban for Interior regulators," stated POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.

"Congress should heed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's recommendation to give integrity to the newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement and pass legislation that would place a two year ban on offshore drilling regulators from going to work for industry," said Ms. Brian. "Reform at the Department of the Interior must include ending the federal government's cozy relationship with industry."

The Senate already has legislation to attack this problem. The Stop Cozy Relationships with Industry Act of 2010, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), attacks Interior's longstanding problems by extending existing ethics provisions prohibiting regulators from simultaneously working for the government and for the oil and gas industry, requiring financial disclosure for senior oil and gas regulators, prohibiting government regulators from accepting gifts, and slowing the revolving door between MMS and the industry it regulates.

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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