Senator John Kerry’s office announced that the October 3rd hearing, regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be located at the Massachusetts State House, in Boston, at 9 am. Senator Kerry has invited Senator Scott Brown, Mayor Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, Mayor Scott Lang of New Bedford, as well as various US congressmen from Massachusetts to attend.
Senator Kerry’s influence with the Obama administration appears to have swayed chief administrator of NOAA, Dr Jane Lubchenco, to agree to testify. Dr Lubchenco declined an invitation to appear before Senator Scott Brown and Senator Tom Carper’s June 20th hearing at Faneuil Hall. That hearing featured revelations of wide spread malfeasance and possibly criminal conduct by members of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).
ghlights from the June 20th hearing:
An independent audit, by KPMG, was unable to account for some $38,000,000 of the nearly $100,000,000 that agents had seized from New England fishermen. This was partially due to sloppy accounting and partially due to the former director of the OLE, Dale Jones Jr, orchestrating the shredding of approximately 75% of the documents relevant to an ongoing Inspector General investigation from Todd Zinser. Dale Jones Jr retains employment with NOAA and has not been prosecuted for any of his conduct. Instead, Dale Jones Jr was transferred to the Gulf of Mexico to deal with payouts related to BP and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill along with Charles Juliand. Juliand was heavily criticized in Zinser’s IG report for his overzealous seizures and intemperate prosecutions.