On August 2, 2012, the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee had an oversight hearing on the independence and accountability of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General [transcript]. Most of the hearing focused on the Obama Administration’s decision to include a Gulf drilling moratorium in a Departmental report. However, there were additional questions to the OIG about my scientific integrity allegation. Despite my close communication with various members of the OIG regarding my allegation, the Acting Inspector General, Mary Kendall, had little recollection of my case, and that the OIG records seem to be incomplete about my case. She did acknowledge that my allegation appears worthy of an OIG investigation. More information on the hearing can be found below. The topic is discussed at 58min and 2hr, 22min into the hearing by Congressman McClintock.
Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).
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