Tags: US | Gulf | Oil | Spill | Washington

Drilling Chief to Lead Investigations

Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 07:11 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The new director of a government agency that oversees offshore drilling is creating an internal investigations team to help him improve the agency's performance.

Michael Bromwich, the new head of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, said the investigative team will look into allegations of misconduct and respond quickly to emerging problems.

In testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee Wednesday, Bromwich said the new unit will report directly to him and will help ensure that oil and gas companies comply with laws and regulations, as well as investigate problems within the agency itself.

A copy of his testimony was obtained by The Associated Press.

Bromwich, who took over Monday at the newly created ocean energy bureau, established a similar investigative team at the Justice Department when he served as its inspector general.

A former federal prosecutor, Bromwich, 56, has been given a broad mandate to reorganize the drilling agency, which until Monday was known as the Minerals Management Service.

The 1,700-employee agency, which both regulates the oil and gas industry and collects billions in royalties from it, has been criticized for a cozy relationship with oil companies and lax oversight.

The Obama administration plans to break up the agency into three separate entities to eliminate conflicts of interest. President Barack Obama announced Bromwich's appointment last week and said he had directed him to implement far-reaching changes.

Bromwich said the new investigative unit will focus on three main roles:

— Investigating allegations of misconduct. A key component of reforming the bureau is prompt response to allegations or evidence of misconduct, both by agency employees and members of industry, Bromwich said. The new team will work with the Interior Department's inspector general's office and oversee internal auditing, regulatory oversight and enforcement systems.

— Responding to high-priority issues. The compliance and monitoring unit will respond quickly to emerging issues and major events, Bromwich said.

— Implementing agency reorganization. The planned reorganization will be a major undertaking, conducted under a strict timetable, and the investigative team will support bureau managers and help plan, coordinate and oversee the reorganization, Bromwich said.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ralph Peters: 'Psychological Problem' Makes Obama Indecisive

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:57 PM

President Barack Obama isn't making decisions on major world events because he isn't capable of doing so, retired Lt. Co . . .

Republicans Call For Swift Action Against ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 21:28 PM

Republican lawmakers sounded a clarion call for quick, decisive action against Islamic State (ISIS) militants after the  . . .

ISIS Apologizes - for Releasing Beheading Video too Soon

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:40 PM

Islamic State (ISIS) militants apologized after releasing a gruesome video that purports to show the beheading of Americ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved