PEER Alleges P. Daniel Smith Received Sweetheart Deal From National Park Service

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“National Park Service officials have declined to respond to allegations that P. Dan Smith, who was brought out of retirement by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to effectively be director of the National Park Service, was given a sweetheart deal last fall when he stepped down to allow David Vela to serve as the agency’s de facto director.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Tuesday filed a request (attached) with the Interior Department’s Inspector General to investigate Smith’s working arrangement, which allows him to live in North Carolina and work from there with office space at Guildford Courthouse National Military Park.

‘We haven’t seen or heard anything about this from PEER, so there’s nothing for us to react or respond to,’ Mike Litterest, the Park Service’s chief spokesman, said Wednesday evening in an email.”

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