GOP Members Say Interior IG Was Biased On Drilling Ban

Law360, Washington (August 2, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT) -- House Republicans on Thursday questioned the independence and objectivity of the U.S. Interior Department's Office of Inspector General surrounding the six-month offshore drilling moratorium that followed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, saying the auditing body inappropriately participated in policy decisions.

While the Interior Department's Acting Inspector General, Mary Kendall, defended her actions during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, saying she participated solely as an “active listener” during a time of crisis, GOP committee members claimed that, due to conflicts of interest, she should have recused...
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