Summer 2014 • Vol. XIX, No. 77
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REVEALS
USFWS NEVER PERFORMED FINANCIAL AUDIT ON MIDWAY
February 3, 2014, the International Midway Memorial Foundation (IMMF),
filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the financial records
for years 1997-2014. After nearly four months with no response,
Captain James Noone, USNR, Esq. (Ret.) contacted the regional FIOA
representative for USFWS. As a result, some weeks later, I participated
in a conference call between Dan Clark (current Wildlife Manager
on Midway), Larry Buklis (Regional 2 FOIA coordinator) and myself
on June 11, 2014. There was consensus that the USFWS would provide
the IMMF with a report of revenues and expenditures for USFWS operations
on Midway for the years 2009-2014. This information was promised
by July 10, 2014. The most surprising acknowledgement by Mr. Clark
and Mr. Buklis was that the USFWS has never performed a financial
audit of Midway’s operations.
efforts on Capitol Hill are the following:
Marco Rubio’s staff has referred the Foundation to the office of
Senator Brian Schatz (HI) for any further discussions about Midway.
Senator Schatz introduced a bill on March 20, 2013 that a study
be performed to determine the feasibility of the National Park Service
receiving jurisdiction over the historic aspects of Midway. Initially,
there was very good communication with staff member James Chang
but eventually this stopped despite repeated attempts by the IMMF
to continue the dialogue. This fact was brought to the attention
of Senator Rubio’s staff, who persisted in referring us to Senator
Schatz’s staff. The Foundation is presently attempting to gain the
assistance of Senator Bill Nelson (FL).
response to Congressman John Duncan’s inquiry, he received a reply
from the Department of Interior (DOI), stating that “the Fish and
Wildlife Service continues their consultation requirements to consult
with the IMMF on matters related to the management of the Memorial
and specifically World War II- era building and facilities.” This
written statement is totally false because the FWS has never consulted
with the IMMF on the management of any of the historic aspects of
Ferguson, Legislative Director for Congressman Rob Bishop, has moved
on to become the Chief of Staff for Congressman Jason Chaffetz.
The new point of contact for Congressman Bishop is Harry Burroughs,
Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans
and Insular Affairs. Mr. Burroughs is waiting for a series of questions
to be answered he posed to the Service, before proceeding with further
action. Progress on these inquiries will be reported in the Fall
issue of the Midway Sentinel.
NAVAL ACADEMY (USNA) AND IMMF PARTNER ON BATTLE OF MIDWAY ESSAY
USNA and the IMMF will partner on hosting the Battle of Midway Essay
Contest Award Day at the USNA grounds each year in mid-May. The
IMMF will review the top essays and award a sterling silver Battle
of Midway Medallion to the winner of the contest beginning in May
OF MANUSCRIPT OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY HAS BEEN CHANGED:
title of the manuscript I have submitted to the U.S. Naval Institute
Press for publication has been changed to Pacific Rivalry at the
Turning Point. Dr. William Dudley, former Director of the Naval
Historical Center has agreed to write the preface if publication
becomes a reality.
and I wish everyone a happy summer.
JAMES M. D'ANGELO
M. CHRISTINE SIMS
1039 RAINBOW COURT
BRADENTON, FL 34212