Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...


"Under Bush, the Interior Department became a lawless bureaucracy that actively worked to enrich the nation's most powerful energy interests. Top-level officials secretly allowed oil companies to keep billions in royalties owed to taxpayers, opened up 26 million acres of federal land to oil and gas drilling, denied wilderness protection to another 220 million acres, rewrote scientific reports to eliminate safeguards for endangered species, and even snorted coke and had sex with the very oil interests they were supposed to be regulating. "It was Dodge City," says Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon who chairs the Senate Energy Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests."


-"Obama's Sheriff" by Tim Dickinson,

Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2009



If the Department of the Interior wants to have any credibility when it comes to accountability and transparency, then they need to make publicly available all information relating to crimes that occurred, misconduct within the agency, and what is being done to fix what happened in the Department of the Interior from 2001-2008 under Gale Norton and Julie A. MacDonald.



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Idea No. 86