Nearly two decades and $108 million worth of “disturbing” data manipulation with “serious and far ranging” effects forced a federal lab to close, a congressman revealed Thursday.
The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated data on a variety of topics – including many related to the environment – from 1996 to
2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six
Take note of that 'CONTINUED FOR ANOTHER SIX YEARS' crap. From the freaking GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.
Westerman cited a recent Department of the Interior Inspector General
(IG) report that said impacts from the data manipulation “are not yet
known but, nevertheless, they will be serious and far ranging. The affected projects represented about $108 million in taxpayer funding from fiscal year 2008 through 2014.”
'serious and far ranging'.
Now take this:
Westerman also highlighted an interview the IG withheld from its report.
“Tell me what you want and I will get it for you. What we do is like
magic,” a former USGS official told auditors a former employee linked to
the manipulation would say, according to Westerman.
Westerman added that the IG’s interview notes make the context of those quotes unclear.
and add this
The research topics that faced data manipulation – including uranium in
the environment, health effects of energy resources, and U.S. coal
resources and reserves – was “disturbing,” Westerman said.
We're back to Sherlock.
Is there ANY agency in the .gov we can trust? On anything?