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“Interior: Investigation Highlights Challenges For ‘Ethics Weenies'”

“Interior Department ethics honcho Scott de la Vega knows some senior staffers grimace at the medicine he prescribes.

He's seen the reactions at required ethics training.

“What happens in reality sometimes is that many of these people … who have been in government before, they say, ‘Oh, ethics guys, you ethics weenies, you know what, chill out,'” de la Vega told Interior investigators last year.

Speaking to two Office of Inspector General agents looking into a complaint filed against Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, de la Vega elaborated about the attitudes he's sometimes encountered in his career throughout government.”

Michael Doyle and Kevin Bogardus report for Greenwire: Thursday, May 21, 2020.


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