“National Parks: ‘It Sure Appears To Be Hinky’ — A Job Made For 1 Man?”

“The National Park Service today [Wednesday] defended its hiring of former acting Director P. Daniel Smith for a job in North Carolina that appeared to be posted just for him.

In an official posting, NPS officials described the position as a telework job that paid up to $166,000 a year and was based in Cary, N.C., where Smith moved after leaving the agency's Washington headquarters in September.

The job post went up in October, after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced Smith would be taking a new assignment in North Carolina. He's now the agency's ‘national commemorations coordinator.'

‘Dan Smith's hiring as national commemorations coordinator was accomplished according to standard personnel practices,' Alexandra Picavet, NPS acting chief of public affairs, said this morning.”

Rob Hotakainen reports for Greenwire February 19, 2020.