Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Salazar Requesting Additional Documents Regarding the Interior Department's Ethics Office Investigations


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2013 -

Dear Secretary Salazar:

It is paramount that the American people have confidence that the Department of the Interior (“Department”) officials who manage federal lands and resources on their behalf are acting with the highest of ethical standards. Since last year, the Committee on Natural Resources (“Committee”) has been conducting oversight of how political appointees and senior career officials within the Department are complying with federal ethics and conflict of interest laws.

Staff from the Department’s Ethics Office, which is housed within the Solicitor’s Office, briefed the Committee’s Majority oversight staff in September 2012 on the operations and activities of the Department’s ethics program, including interactions with and the process for referrals to the Department’s Office of Inspector General (“IG”) for formal investigation. In a September 25, 2012 letter to you, the Committee requested copies of any referrals or memoranda sent from the Ethics Office to the IG since January 1, 2009 concerning alleged violations of federal ethics laws and regulations. The Department did not provide the documents, as requested. Instead, officials with the Ethics Office and the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs responded orally to Majority oversight staff that only eight ethics cases had been referred to the IG for further investigation since January 2009. According to this information, only one of these cases involved a senior career official, and none involved a political appointee.

Read the entire letter HERE.




Latest News

Speaker Appoints Members to Represent Committee Jurisdiction in House-Senate Energy Conference

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Republican lawmakers to serve on a conference committee charged with producing final energy and natural resource legislation (H.R. 8 / S. 2012), includi...... Read more

Bishop Issues Statement on PROMESA Advancing in House

The House Committee on Natural Resources today passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, with a bipartisan vote of 29-10. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued t...... Read more

Panel Highlights Technological Innovation in the 21st Century Mining Industry

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Exploring 21st Century Mining Safety, Environmental Control, and Technological Innovation.” The new culture of col...... Read more

View All News