Building upon earlier reporting done by the Denver Post, the AP has announced more about the upcoming Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General (IG) Report on the Minerals Management Service (MMS). DOI IG Earl Devaney's investigation revealed a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in the Denver MMS office. Notable excerpts from the AP story:
The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with--and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from--oil company employees.
The reports describe a fraternity house atmosphere inside the Denver Minerals Management Service office responsible for marketing the oil and gas that energy companies barter to the government instead of making cash royalty payments for drilling on federal lands.
And to think we thought relationships with industry were inappropriate before. This just goes to show how badly oversight is needed at MMS.
-- Mandy Smithberger
UPDATE: We wanted to give a shout-out to Sen. Bingaman (D-NM) for asking tough guy DOI-IG Earl Devaney and his crack investigators to uncover this mess.