WASHINGTON - October 27, 2010 - Almost exactly four years ago to the day, on October 24, 2006, Bill Hogarth, then Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, responded to complaints about the leadership of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) from a senior OLE agent. In February 2007, Mr. Hogarth and Mr. John Oliver held an all-hands conference call with OLE staff to discuss the results of their investigation into the allegations. After the call, Mr. Oliver followed-up with staff via e-mail at Mr. Hogarth's request.
Unlike the Inspector General reports released this year, which found numerous serious problems with OLE and its management, Mr. Oliver's e-mail expressed "strong support for Dale [Jones] as Director of OLE and the OLE management. Mr. Oliver continued, "We here [sic] very few complaints from the fishing community or public about your services and we’re pleased with the work of the Office of Law Enforcement."