Watching Government: More 'Audacity of Nope'

The US Department of State substantially followed prescribed guidance—and sometimes exceeded it—when it selected Environmental Resource Management Inc. (ERM) to help prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a DOS Office of Inspector General investigation concluded. The OIG's Feb. 26 report also found that DOS conducted a reasonable review to evaluate ERM's certification that it had no conflict of interest, and the process achieved its intended result. It found that ERM fully disclosed its team members' prior work histories as part of its proposal; that attorneys in DOS's Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affair...

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