WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Bost on Thursday submitted a letter to the engineer inspector general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging an independent investigation into the site selection process for the new National Geospatial Agency West campus.
The Army Corps’ Environmental Impact Statement, which NGA Director Robert Cardillo relied upon in selecting a North St. Louis site for construction, included flawed geographical data and a poor analysis of the impact on mission security and the environment.
“In our meeting this afternoon, I asked Director Cardillo to delay his final decision on the site location until a laundry list of inaccuracies in the Army Corps’ report were addressed,” Bost said. “When he refused, I had no alternative but to request a full, complete and independent investigation by the Inspector General. The more than 1,000 constituents who submitted letters for public comment deserve to have their concerns addressed. Until we have answers, we will continue to fight through any means available.”
The Army Corps’ engineer inspector general, as with any agency’s inspector general, is charged with identifying, auditing and investigating fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of any kind within the parent agency. The final site selection is due to be made by June 2.