Investigation Report of Alleged Abuse of Position by Secretary Zinke   [open pdf - 285KB]

"We initiated this investigation based on information we received while investigating U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of noncommercial aircraft for U.S. Government travel. During that investigation, we learned that Secretary Zinke allegedly abused his position by having his family members travel with him in Government vehicles, that he asked that his wife, Lolita Zinke, be appointed as a DOI volunteer to legitimize her travel, and that he requested a Government cell phone for her. In addition, we examined Secretary Zinke's use of his protective service detail, including during a vacation the Zinkes took to Turkey and Greece. We also reviewed the Office of the Secretary's purchase of secretarial challenge coins (small coins bearing an organization's emblem, logo, or insignia, given as tokens of recognition or appreciation), and an allegation that a DOI employee resigned because Secretary Zinke made her walk his dog while at work."

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Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG 18-0192
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Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General: https://www.doioig.gov/
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