Indian Affairs Employee Is Interior Department’s First COVID-19 Death

The pandemic has hit Native American communities particularly hard. A Bureau of Indian Affairs employee is the first Interior Department staffer to die from COVID-19, according to internal numbers obtained by HuffPost. The death, reported Tuesday, comes as the number of cases at the Interior Department has continued to increase. The unnamed Bureau of Indian […]

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At Least 40 Interior Department Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19

Internal data reviewed by HuffPost reveals how widespread the coronavirus has become within the department. At least 40 employees across the Department of the Interior have tested positive for COVID-19 and are considered contagious, resulting in mandatory employee quarantines, office closures and deep cleanings, according to internal data reviewed by HuffPost. Almost every bureau of […]

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Trump appoints Social Security Administration watchdog to also oversee Interior

Read the full story in The Hill» President Trump has quietly appointed his Social Security Administration (SSA) inspector general to also oversee a much different agency: the Interior Department.  On May 28, Gail Ennis began her second job overseeing the Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a role she will keep for the foreseeable […]

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Trump administration spent more than $10 million in collected fees to keep parks open during shutdown

Read the full story in The Hill» The Trump administration used nearly $10.3 million in reserved park entrance revenues to keep several national parks open during the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year. The figure, released by the National Park Service (NPS) to The Hill days before the end of this fiscal year, shows how […]

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