NOAA chief promises to review agency

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Facing criticism that the federal government has been too focused on fining New England fishermen while lax in its accounting methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco pledged to conduct a thorough review of the organization, during a special congressional hearing Monday at Gloucester (Mass.) City Hall.

The hearing was scheduled to address concerns about the government agency following a January report by US inspector general Todd Zinser that found "systemic, nationwide issues adversely affecting NOAA's ability to effectively carry out its mission of regulating the fishing industry.''

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