Salazar to Oversee U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

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The White House announced yesterday evening in a press release the appointment of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as the Obama administration’s “Senior Official Responsible for Oversight of Implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.” This announcement comes a month after President Obama announced that the U.S. would become a part of an eight-year-old pact between countries to ensure that federal profits from energy and mining industries go towards providing public benefits, as part of the United States Open Government National Action Plan that was released last month.

The U.S. itself collects nearly $10 billion a year from these industries, and this EITI ensures that these profits will be closely monitored and publicly disclosed. The international program aims to clean up corruption involving these industries in underdeveloped yet mineral-rich countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Press Release assures that the implementation of the EITI is just “the latest in a long series of steps designed to make the U.S. government more open and more accountable to the American people.”

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  1. […] agency into three agencies with clear and separate functions. We have written about his hand in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, in developing oil drilling plans in Alaska, in offshore oil and gas oversight, and much […]

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