November 14, 2018

Bishop Sends Letter to Secretary Zinke Over Department Misconduct Policies

From the House Committee on Natural Resources”

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2018 –

Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, requesting documents and information regarding the Department’s workplace misconduct policies and improvements that have taken place.

“The Committee is conducting ongoing oversight of employee misconduct issues at the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department).  The Department employs approximately 70,000 people in 2,400 operating locations [and] those entrusted to execute [the Department’s] responsibilities should be held to the highest ethical and professional standards…

On February 2, 2017, the Committee wrote to then-Acting Secretary Jack Haugrud to express concerns about the several years of disturbing cases of employee misconduct at the Department

One such case highlighted in the Committee’s February 2, 2017 letter was that of former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office of Law Enforcement Supervisory Agent Dan Love.  Mr. Love’s behavior was symptomatic of the Department’s previous culture of mismanagement, which turned a blind eye to his corruption and abuse of authority.  While the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation of Mr. Love in October 2015, it was [not until September 2017] that his employment was finally terminated.”

Click here to read the full letter.

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