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Documents Provided by the Department of the Interior and the Inspector General’s Office:

April 25, 2012

  • Copies of emails from investigators at the Inspector General’s Office for the Department of the Interior.

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April 13, 2012

  • Additional copies of emails between Steve Black, counselor to Secretary Salazar; Neal Kemkar, special assistant to Mr. Black; Kallie Hanley, the Interior Department’s White House liaison; and the peer reviewers, including discussions concerning the arrangements for their service as peer reviewers.

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April 10, 2012

  • Copies of emails between Steve Black, counselor to Secretary Salazar; Neal Kemkar, special assistant to Mr. Black; Kallie Hanley, the Interior Department’s White House liaison; and the peer reviewers, including discussions concerning the arrangements for their service as peer reviewers.

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February 9, 2012

  • Copies of emails concerning how to respond to the peer reviewers’ complaints, including final drafts of the apology letter.

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February 2, 2012

  • A copy of a memorandum from Secretary Salazar to senior Department officials on the importance of cooperating with IG investigations.

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October 24, 2011

  • Copies of emails between Steve Black, counselor to Secretary Salazar, Neal Kemkar, special assistant to Mr. Black, and the peer reviewers sent mostly after the report was issued. The emails show the peer reviewers were concerned that they had been used as “cover” for the moratorium and that a ban on all drilling from floating wells “is just not warranted.”

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August 17, 2011

  • Additional documents compiled by the IG as part of its investigation, including copies of the IG investigator notes, communications with the Solicitor’s Office, and internal IG clearance and routing memoranda.

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August 16, 2011

  • A copy of the “surnaming” document indicating which senior Department officials approved the May 25, 2010 version of the Drilling Moratorium Report, which did not include the inaccurate statement that the peer reviewers had endorsed the moratorium.
  • Copies of the apology letters sent from Deputy Secretary David Hayes to the peer reviewers.

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August 1, 2011

  • Unredacted copies of the November 2010 Inspector General (“IG”) report and the first 11 attachments to the report.
  • Copies of IG staff summaries of interviews with Steve Black, counselor to Secretary Salazar; Neal Kemkar, special assistant to Mr. Black; S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, former director of the Minerals Management Service; and peer reviewers Ken Arnold, Ford Brett, and Robert Bea.
  • Note – these same documents were produced by the IG on May 11, 2011.

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