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Friday, June 24, 2016

Rampant criminality at Dept. of Interior no problem. US DOJ declined to prosecute 17 of 29 criminal cases at DOI between Oct. 2015 and March 2016 even though Inspector General said criminal conduct was present in the cases. Big bad House subcommittee says this "encourages bad behavior"-House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

6/21/16, "The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "The Administration's Response to Findings of Unethical and Criminal Conduct at the Department of the Interior," on Thursday, June 23rd at 10:30am," naturalresources.house.gov...Hearing memorandum from Subcommittee Chairman, Louie Gohmert

"Policy Overview"

* "The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recently released numerous reports detailing violations of ethics rules and federal law, including instances of potential criminal activity, by employees of the Department of the Interior (DOI). The failure of the Department to adequately hold employees accountable encourages bad behavior. 

* OIG refers cases involving criminal violations to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosecution. In some cases DOJ even participates in OIG's investigative efforts, and its involvement can impact the pace of the investigation and limit the information that OIG can provide in its reports. Between October 2015 and March 2016, DOJ declined to prosecute 17 of 29 criminal cases that had been referred by OIG, even though the OIG determined criminal conduct was present in the cases. 1....
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Invited Witnesses:

Mr. Steve Guertin
Deputy Director of Policy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Mary Kendall
Deputy Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Loretta Lynch (or her designee)
U.S. Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C."...



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