Cantwell Statement on NOAA Withholding Requested Information

“As Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, these are standard questions to be asked of any acquisition or procurement process within my jurisdiction. I look forward to reviewing these materials, and hope that we’ll discover NOAA did all its homework. The flaws already uncovered by the GAO decision makes this review even more important to get right – so we’re not going to get too far ahead of the reading of the material. The most important thing is to determine whether NOAA followed clear, fair and transparent rules in making its recommendation to the Secretary.”