Thursday, September 11, 2008
Investigations: Trysts and Bid-Rigging at Interior Dept. Favoured Big Oil
U.S. Department of the Interior employees rigged oil contracts, took money as oil consultants, had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives, and engaged in other misconduct, according to this ProPublica item - also reported on by The New York Times here - on an investigation by the department's inspector general. One report accuses an official of "engaging in sex with two subordinates, and of using cocaine that he purchased from his secretary or her boyfriend several times a year between 2002 and 2005," according to The New York Times.