Obama calls the cops on MMS in Oval Office speech
President Obama didn't speak long. Just about 15 minutes. But he got his points across. BP is footing the bill for the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history. Removal of the oil from the water, beaches and wetlands and their restoration to health is a must. Reviving the seafood industry is paramount. And there was his call for passage of a comprehensive energy and climate bill to finally ween the U.S. off fossil fuels. And these points were delivered with all the drama an Oval Office address can muster.
But the announcement of Michael Bromwich as the new head of the Minerals Management Service gives me hope that things will finally turn around. True, as Juliet Eilperin pointed out, "He has little past experience with oil and gas issues." But what Bromwich lacks in that arena he more than makes up for in turning around troubled organizations. After reading Bromwich's bio, I'm convinced the president has hired a cop. And a damned good one.
In 2002, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the Department of Justice and the District of Columbia to serve as the Independent Monitor for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), focusing on use of force, civil rights integrity, internal misconduct, and training issues. He served in that position until 2008, when MPD was determined to have achieved substantial compliance. In 2007, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the City of Houston to undertake a comprehensive investigation of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab; the investigation was widely praised for identifying serious problems in some of the Crime Lab’s operations and providing recommendations for the Lab’s improvement.
Prior to joining [a] law firm, Bromwich served as Inspector General for the Department of Justice from 1994 to 1999. As Inspector General, he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. He was best known for conducting special investigations into allegations of misconduct, defective procedures and incompetence in the FBI Laboratory; the FBI's conduct and activities regarding the Aldrich Ames matter; the handling of classified information by the FBI and the Department of Justice in the campaign finance investigation; the alleged deception of a congressional delegation by high-ranking officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and the Justice Department's role in the CIA crack cocaine controversy.
MMS desperately needs to be reorganized. The cozy culture that grew between the regulator and the regulated must end. Read this inspector general's report issued last month to get an idea just how tight these relationships have been. With Bromwich at the helm, I'm more confident than before that the clean up of MMS will happen. No Senate confirmation is needed. So, he can get to work first thing tomorrow.
| June 15, 2010; 8:27 PM ET
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