Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Connected Government
- Consolidating Mission-critical Systems
- Constituent Servicing
- Continuous Monitoring: Tools and Techniques for Trustworthy Government IT
- The Data Privacy Imperative: Safeguarding Sensitive Data
- Eliminating the Pitfalls: Steps to Virtualization in Government
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- Government Cloud Brokerage: Who, What, When, Where, Why?
- Government Mobility
- Mission-critical Apps in the Cloud
- Mobile Device Management
- The Modern Federal Threat Landscape
- The Path from Legacy Systems
- Understanding the Intersection of Customer Service and Security in the Cloud
Shows & Panels
Ocean scientists' work must pass PR office
Thursday - 11/18/2010, 2:15pm EST
MMS was accused of lax oversight after the BP oil spill. Former MMS scientists alleged the "suppression or alteration of their work on environmental issues," according to a GAO report earlier this year.
In September, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a memo of scientific integrity that forbids interference with scientific findings
But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) -- the agency that replaced MMS to oversee onshore and offshore drilling -- issued a directive Nov. 2 that calls for screening of scientific work before it is made public.
According to the directive, "All outside/public presentations, be they speeches, Powerpoints, technical or other, etc., must be forwarded to HQ Office of Public Affairs for approval. They promise to clear the talks quickly."
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) called the directive a "new political filter on science," according to a statement.
"These controls are transparent efforts to chill free exchange of scientific information and debate. They serve no legitimate management purpose," PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in the statement.
BOEMRE rejects the allegation that the agency suppresses scientific findings.
In a statement, BOEMRE spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said the agency wants to advance scientific work, "but it makes no sense for scientific information to be released in a disorganized and incoherent fashion."
PEER also claims BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich has hunted down "leakers" in meetings with employees.
Schwartz's responded, "There is no truth to the allegation."
This story is part of our daily DorobekINSIDER Must Reads. Be sure to check out the full list of stories.