The Department of Justice is not holding accountable the Department of Interior senior managers who were involved in contract-rigging, accepting gifts, and working as oil industry paid consultants while also being on the federal payroll. It's worth noting that the same Justice Department has spent the past decade suing POGO for allegedly "supplementing" the salary of a DOI whistleblower. The whistleblower spent years pushing DOI to collect the taxpayer's fair share of royalties owed by large oil companies. When he failed in his internal efforts, POGO and others filed a successful lawsuit against the 15 biggest oil companies on behalf of the government, and helped recover nearly half a billion dollars for the taxpayers. After notifying Justice, POGO shared some of our proceeds with the whistleblower as a public service award. The case against POGO, U.S. v. POGO, is currently being appealed, while the corrupt senior-level DOI managers, who violated the public's trust, are walking free.
-- Danielle Brian