Interior OIG Investigations of Minerals Management Service Employees

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 10, 2008

“This memorandum conveys the final results of three separate Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations into allegations against more than a dozen current and former Minerals Management Service (MMS) employees. In the case of one former employee, Jimmy Mayberry, he has already pled guilty to a criminal charge. The cases against former employees, Greg Smith and Lucy Querques Dennet, were referred to the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ). However, that office declined to prosecute. The remaining current employees await your discretion in imposing corrective administrative action. Others have escaped potential administrative action by departing from federal service, with the usual celebratory send-offs that allegedly highlighted the impeccable service these individuals had given to the Federal Government. Our reports belie this notion.” Investigative Reports as follows:

Collectively, our recent work in MMS has taken well over two years, involved countless OIG human resources and an expenditure of nearly $5.3 million of OIG funds. Two hundred thirty-three witnesses and subjects were interviewed, many of them multiple times, and roughly 470,000 pages of documents and e-mails were obtained and reviewed as part of these investigations.”

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