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Project on Government Oversight




POGO Finds Steep Drop in Royalties Collected by MMS

September 14, 2006 


Annual royalty collection by the Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service's (MMS) auditing and compliance division has plunged more than 50% since 2002, according to an analysis by The Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

POGO found that in the four years between 2002 and 2005 MMS's auditing and compliance division, which audits and oversees the nation's mineral leases, has collected an average $48 million annually.  This amount is a sharp decline from the $115 million the division collected annually in its first 20 years of existence.

This and other findings are addressed in POGO's written testimony submitted to the House Government Reform Committee for its hearing titled "Interior Department: A Culture of Managerial Irresponsibility and Lack of Accountability?" 

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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