This United States Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report investigates staffers of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which manages the nation's natural gas, oil and other mineral resources on the outer continental shelf. A bureau within the Department of the Interior (DOI), MMS also collects, accounts for and disburses an average of $13.7 billion per year in revenues from Federal offshore mineral leases and from onshore mineral leases on Federal and American Indian lands. The report was initiated after the DOI Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received an anonymous letter stating that MMS personnel had accepted gifts from oil and gas production companies. According to the report, the OIG "developed confidential sources during our investigation, who provided additional information pertaining to MMS employees at the Lake Charles District Office, including acceptance of a trip to the 2005 Peach Bowl game that was paid for by an oil and gas company; illicit drug use; misuse of government computers; and inspection report falsification. During our review of MMS employee e-mails, we also obtained information that an MMS employee was negotiating for employment with the IOC [Island Operating Company] while he was still performing inspections on platforms operated by the company."
Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, Report No. PI-GA-09-0102-1
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