The MARAD scandal involving USMMA is so target-rich that it’s getting hard for a volunteer news blog to keep up. This post is just to let you know what’s in the works:
We still plan to publish Part 4 to our series on how MARAD is using USMMA’s sea year as a ploy to help further its goal of getting funding for state maritime school training ships. (Here are links to Parts 1, 2 and 3.) Posting of Part 4 keeps getting delayed because there is so much happening all at once.
The LMI Scandal keeps generating spin off stories, such as the conflict of interest post and the report that the DOT Inspector General is now investigating the scandal. Currently, a priority story we are working on is the effort at damage control that is underway. The working title for that story is “If it looks like a coverup and smells like a coverup . . .” Stay tuned for more ground breaking journalism from KPS.
We are also working on a post now that we’ve confirmed that the Academy administration made the recent DMDC SAGR survey mandatory. In the process, the administration failed to follow proper protocol for administering the survey rendering the results invalid. More failed leadership. More news to report.
And we’ve got an audio transcript from the recent Congressional Board of Visitors meeting in which the administration finally admits that it doesn’t know who the alleged perpetrators of SA/SH during “sea year” are, because the survey answers just refer to “off-campus experience.” (Something readers of this blog have known since mid-September [See FAQ No.7].) There were several other amazing statements made during the meeting and as soon as we can get the relevant audio posted, you’ll have that story.