Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration's plan to split up the Mineral Management Service ("MMS"), the federal agency that regulates oil and gas drilling.
“MMS has been an agency in crisis for the better part of the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations. Despite numerous reports highlighting the corruption and dysfunction within MMS, it has unfortunately taken a large-scale and costly crisis to get the attention needed to have a legitimate discussion about the need to overhaul MMS and liberate it from the Department of Interior.
“Hopefully, Secretary Salazar’s proposal represents a first step in what must be a comprehensive effort that will address the entirety of the bureaucratic breakdown at Interior. Working together, we can incorporate the best of all ideas and recognize the problems at Interior and MMS stretch far beyond the Deepwater Horizon incident.
“While there are many outstanding questions surrounding what went wrong and what should have been done to avoid this disaster, what we know for sure is that MMS is in need of a surgical overhaul and that a quick-fix, band-aid approach is wholly inadequate and will only serve to preserve a broken bureaucracy at the expense of the American people and their safety.”