Tomorrow’s meeting of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency should be fascinating. The panel has agreed to investigate the actions of the Interior Department’s Inspector General Mary Kendall for possible conflict of interest. Here’s what has raised eyebrows:
USA Today first reported in May that Kendall had attended meetings where top Interior officials discussed drafts of a peer-reviewed report on deepwater drilling. Kendall later was called on to investigate after the White House edited the report to suggest inaccurately that the deepwater engineers who peer-reviewed the report agreed with the moratorium — a potential violation of a federal law meant to protect scientific data from political interference.
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