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MMS ‘troubled’–that’s big news?

Posted by James McPherson on May 28, 2010

CNN reports today that the Materials Management Service–now drawing increased attention because of the oil eruption in the Gulf of Mexico–“was a troubled agency before the oil spill and recent revelations of employee misconduct.”

That’s front-page news? Add in the typical government-big business revolving door to the Bush-era revelations of agency sex and drugs, and in this area, as with immigration and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (where we just had our 1,000th military death), the Obama administration  continues to mirror its predecessor. Sadly, that’s no longer news, either.

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