Interior’s OIG dismisses ethics complaint against Daniel-Davis

By Michael Doyle, Heather Richards | 07/09/2024 01:39 PM EDT

An investigation concluded acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis did not participate in matters involving her previous employer.

Laura Daniel-Davis.

Laura Daniel-Davis, the Interior Department's acting deputy secretary, during a 2021 Capitol Hill hearing. Francis Chung/E&E News

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has dismissed an ethics complaint against Laura Daniel-Davis, a former National Wildlife Federation executive now serving as the department’s acting deputy secretary.

Capping an inquiry initiated nearly two years ago, investigators reported that they found no ethical conflicts in Daniel-Davis’ work on oil and gas issues in Alaska while she was serving as Interior’s principal deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management.

“We concluded that Daniel-Davis did not participate in any particular matters involving specific parties in which her former employer, NWF, was a party or represented a party,” Interior’s Office of Inspector General stated in a report summary made public Monday.


The Interior Department declined to comment.