Weather Service Head Retires After Audit Finds Misspending of Millions

"The head of the National Weather Service retired last week after an internal investigation found that the agency had reallocated millions of dollars without required congressional approval."

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its mother agency, the Department of Commerce, began investigating the Weather Service's budget last year. They found that senior officials had improperly taken funds from some programs to cover the costs of forecasting activities and employee salaries.

The Weather Service's financial office 'operated outside the bounds of acceptable financial management,' Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank wrote in a memo."

Emily Yehle reports for Greenwire May 29, 2012.

Source: Greenwire, 05/31/2012