IG Investigating Complaint Against BLM Official

Jessica Lycos, Rep. Paul Gosar

The Interior Department’s inspector general is investigating whether the Bureau of Land Management’s current leader violated ethics rules in the bureau’s decision last spring to pause a series of public lands orders in Alaska, according to a nonprofit watchdog group that requested the inquiry.

OIG investigator Michael Smith notified Protect the Public’s Trust in an email that it had conducted a “review” of the group’s initial complaint, filed in June, and that as of July 28 “the OIG’s Special Investigations and Reviews Unit will be investigating the complaint.”

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