The civil engineer who saw fit to rewrite the conclusions of Interior Department scientists, and who sent confidential documents to a virtual friend on an online role-playing game, has resigned. This was part of her clever ploy to escape Congressional questioning. They can’t over see her work if she isn’t working for the government anymore!
Ms. MacDonald was deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, giving her responsibilities for overseeing implementation of the Endangered Species Act, among other things. In that capacity, she altered the scientific conclusions of agency scientists and the Interior Department’s Inspector General found her reliance on industry sources crossed well beyond what was appropriate.
The Center for Biological Diversity’s policy director, Kieran Suckling, told the AP “Julie MacDonald’s reign of terror over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finally over. Endangered species and scientists everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief.”