03-04-13 Conference Call on FOIA requests that led to Scientific Misconduct Findings

                  CONTACT:

March 4, 2013                                                                        Jamie Morris: 202-499-2425

(LINK TO RECORDING OF CALL AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE) 

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS REPORT ON SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT AT DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

Cause of Action Launches “Keeping Entrepreneurship at Bay:

How the Department of the Interior Uses Flawed Science to Foreclose the American Dream”

 

WHAT: A conference call to discuss the pattern of scientific misconduct at the Department of the Interior outlined in an investigative report from Cause of Action (CoA). Launched today, CoA’s investigative report, “Keeping Entrepreneurship at Bay: How the Department of the Interior Uses Flawed Science to Foreclose the American Dream” explains the systemic manipulation of scientific data within the Marine Mammal Commission (MMC), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Department of the Interior (DOI).  The misrepresentation of data influenced a Cabinet member’s decisions, was quoted in a Department of Justice filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and is negatively affecting multiple businesses in the United States.

 

Among the highlights to be discussed on today’s call:

  • The Department of Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) February 2013 Report Ignored Data and Used a Flawed Methodology.
  • The Investigation by DOI Solicitor Gavin Frost Lacked Objectivity and Independence. It Improperly Dismissed Scientific Misconduct by Labeling It “Administrative Misconduct.”
  • Federal Agencies Misrepresented Scientific Findings to Support a False Narrative.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) Prioritizes Politics Over Scientific Integrity by Refusing to Withdraw and Correct Flawed Science, Impacting Businesses Both Nationally and Worldwide.
  • DOI OIG Misled the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Energy Committee) During the Confirmation of NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis.
  • The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) Cannot Effectively Function Without an Independent Inspector General (IG).

 

WHEN:          Monday, March 4, 2013

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

 

WHO:            Dan Epstein, executive director, Cause of Action will discuss how Freedom of Information Requests led to key findings of scientific misconduct that raise concerns about oversight and accountability at DOI.

 

Dr. Corey Goodman, Ph.D., is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has spent years researching scientific misconduct in relation to Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

 

RSVP:             For dial-in information and a copy of the report, contact Jamie Morris at Jamie.Morris@causeofaction.org.

 

To hear a recording of the conference call click on or copy and paste this link into your web browser

(NOTE: THE LINK IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL MARCH 31, 2013):

https://www.tollfreeconferencecall.com/flex/participantplayback.aspx?cn=94-43-28-63&cid=conferences/71-17-65-67-17-65-6769-40-88-17-65-67102-17-65-6739-17-65-671215858621.mp3&e=1364702400000&cn=94-43-28-63&option=private

 

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