Your Role: Director of the Minerals Management Services. Your goals are unclear. Some say that you're supposed "to manage the energy and mineral resources…to enhance public and trust benefits, promote responsible use, and realize fair value. Some of your past actions suggest this is not the case.
POGO couldn't resist playing too, so we've already chosen a few of your moves for you.
On page 112 - The DOI IG says that your program has inappropriate relations with industry. You can...wait, no time, because--
On page 113 - Former special assistant to the associate director of Minerals Revenue Management (MRM) at MMS Jimmy Mayberry pleads guilty to a felony violation of conflict of interest law. Former deputy associate director of MRM Milt Dial soon follows. You--
On page 113.5 - The DOI IG says that there's a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity at MMS. POGO and others say you don't know the half of it, there's systemic abuse. At a House Natural Resources committee hearing, the DOI IG says RIK contracts are unauditable by forensic accountants and that this kind of corruption is almost bound to happen when RIK personnel are on the phone "daily, if not hourly" with industry.
You, Director of MMS, have two choices. You can:
1. Throw away the RIK program, and begin to institute much-needed reforms to the federal royalty collection process.
2. Join the U.S. Geological Survey in a three-year study of seabirds and shorebirds. We are not sure how this will solve the numerous problems at MMS, but you figure that your success with tracking oil and gas leases should easily translate to tracking wildlife.
-- Mandy Smithberger