Lawmaker Demands Review of O&M’s Retention on Anti-Drug Biz

10 July 2002

A congressman is demanding a review of the surprise reappointment of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide to media duties for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Representative Mark Souder (Republican, Indiana) is asking the US Navy (which handled the appointment for the ONDCP) to supply documents explaining the decision. Souder, chairman of a House Government Reform committee, has not yet decided whether to challenge the selection.

O&M retained the account despite opposition from legislators after the agency paid $1.8 million (€1.8m; £1.2m) to settle accusations it overbilled.

The appointment is likely to receive further scrutiny on Thursday when the Senate Appropriations Committee meets to mark up a bill to finance the anti-drug account. The panel’s chairman, senator Byron Dorgan (Democrat, North Dakota) has criticised the retention of O&M.

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