I’ve been out of the blogging loop due to a week sans broadband but this titbit about massive corruption, bald-faced lying, sexual shenanigans and drug-hoovering in the Interior Department, that my brother called to my attention, sent a familiar ‘zing!’ of glee/outrage/horror shooting through my typing tendons.
I can’t better my bro’s email summation, so here it is:
“As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal — including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.
Two other reports focus on “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” and unethical behavior in the service’s royalty-in-kind program.
The investigation also concluded that several of the officials “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.”
The investigation separately found that the program’s manager mixed official and personal business, and took money from a technical services firm in exchange for urging oil companies to hire the firm. In sometimes lurid detail, the report accuses him of having intimate relations with two subordinates, one of whom regularly sold him cocaine.
Who knew government work could be so much fun?“