WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is calling for a top-to-bottom review of ethical misconduct at the Interior Department.
Appearing at the White House, Salazar told reporters Wednesday the department has been tarnished by eight years of ethical lapses that at times have included the highest levels of government. He said he wants his own review of what happened, what has been done to address it and what steps still need to be taken.
Salazar cited the criminal conviction of a former interior deputy secretary and a scandal involving sex, drugs and gifts at an office that oversees oil and gas royalty collections. He will visit that office in Lakewood, Colo., on Thursday.
Salazar indicated investigations closed by the Bush administration may be reopened.
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