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Westerman Continues Oversight on Political Appointees' Conflicts of Interest, Financial Disclosures

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a letter to Inspector General Mark Greenblatt, following up on a request to audit the Departmental Ethics Office. In part, the member wrote:

"Elected officials’ financial disclosures play an essential role in preventing conflicts of interest. Annual disclosures serve as a tool to monitor potential conflicts throughout an elected official’s tenure. Disclosures, however, are only as effective as the accuracy of the information provided. Last week, the completeness of Secretary Haaland’s disclosures were again called into question. In addition to raising concerns about Secretary Haaland’s compliance with federal ethics standards, this complaint triggers additional questions about the operation of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Departmental Ethics Office (DEO). Therefore, I am reiterating my January 24, 2022, request that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit the DEO to assess its efficacy and effectiveness in fostering an ethical environment at DOI."

Read the full letter here.