Watchdog: Interior official's meetings broke ethics rule
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER
WASHINGTON (AP) - The watchdog office of the Interior Department says an agency assistant secretary broke federal ethics rules by holding official meetings with an old employer. Tuesday's report from Interior Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt addressed allegations by Interior Assistant Secretary Douglas Domenech. The Interior official twice convened meetings with his old employer _ a conservative Texas-based policy group _ on litigation between the group and Interior. The Interior Department says Domenech has received additional ethics training since then. It says the agency considers the matter closed.
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