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THE TRUTH #13 – FOIA documents reveal more proof of BLM’s lack of oversight of record keeping for wild horse long term holding facilities.
(Note: The BLM does NOT put wild burros in long term holding facilities. Please be sure to ask the BLM why they don’t put wild burros in long term holding facilities.)
In the contracts between the BLM and most wild horse long term holding facility contractors, there is language that states:
“Provide weekly monitoring of the animals to assess their health and determine death loss. Prior to submission of the monthly invoice the contractor will conduct a complete inventory of all wild horses. The results of each inventory will be included in the monthly invoice.”
“Each death shall be recorded by the freezemark and/or description of the animal, date the animal was noted as dead and then submitted on each months invoice.”
Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has filed FOIAs for years of invoices for all long term holding facilities. WHFF (in their White Paper issued July, 2017 found HERE) detailed that many long term holding facility invoices did not include the required freezemark number or description of dead wild horses.
FOIA documents recently obtained prove that Lili Thomas, who was the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and overseeing the long term holding facilities, was missing many invoices and death records in her files, and had to ask the contractors to supply them to comply with one of our FOIA requests.
If Lili Thomas didn’t receive all required documentation, it seems she apparently didn’t notice (until we asked for the records). If she didn’t have copies of all required documents on file, how could she be sure that the contract requirements were being met?
Both issues indicate sloppy record keeping and lax oversight by the BLM.
Below are FOIA documents (you can click on them and enlarge):
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