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Allen gives BP mixed grade
The U.S. government’s point man overseeing BP’s response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gives the company high marks for its engineering response, but low marks in dealing with people.
Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says he isn’t sure any oil company could have done more to cap the spill once it happened.
But Mr. Allen says BP was too big of a company to immediately deal with the problems the spill caused individuals along the coast.
Crews are getting ready to resume drilling on a relief well to seal the leak permanently.
Last week, BP hinted it might not use the relief well. But Mr. Allen told CBS’ “Face the Nation” he spoke directly to incoming CEO Bob Dudley and told him that it must be used.
Obama selects veteran investigator as watchdog
David B. Buckley, currently a senior manager for Deloitte Consulting, will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he can fill the watchdog post charged with unearthing abuses inside the spy agency.
The nomination comes after months of congressional frustration with the White House about not putting forth a candidate for the job. Several candidates had previously been mentioned but none made the cut.
Because the CIA’s activities are mostly conducted in secrecy, the position is one of the most important at the agency. The government’s inspectors general are charged with rooting out corruption, fraud and other abuses.
“It’s great to see that the administration has finally nominated someone to serve as permanent IG at CIA, but it shouldn’t have taken this long,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. “Given the recent history of abuse and misconduct, the CIA is clearly in need of independent and aggressive oversight. We hope Buckley is up to the task.”
John Helgerson, the agency’s previous inspector, stepped down in March 2009. His former deputy, Patricia A. Lewis, has run the office since then.
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