Swimmer reviewing latest reports on OST ethics
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer said he is reviewing the latest Inspector General investigation of his agency's top officials "to determine the appropriate course of action," The Washington Post reports.

The investigation found that deputy special trustee Jeff Lords accepted gifts from a contractor while steering million of dollars of OST business to the contractor. Another deputy allowed the contractor to write and edit part of a contract.

Lords was previously reprimanded for extensive socializing with executives from Chavarria, Dunne & Lamey, an accounting firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But that didn't stop Swimmer from promoting Lords earlier this year.

Get the Story:
Interior IG Alleges Steering of Contract (The Washington Post 7/10)

Inspector General Reports:
Investigative Report: Chavarria, Dunne & Lamey (July 2008) | Audit Report: Chavarria, Dunne & Lamey (July 2008) | Management Advisory: Chavarria, Dunne & Lamey (July 2008) | Allegations Concerning Senior Officials of the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians (May 2006)

Ross Swimmer Memo:
KRQE Investigation (June 22, 2007)

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