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Interior Department Says Inspector General Can Keep Her Job After All

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Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

The Interior Department’s longtime acting inspector general, whose aggressive investigations have been a thorn in the side of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, will keep her job.

Mary Kendall, the Interior Department’s deputy inspector general, has overseen a record number of investigations of Zinke, including one that concluded the secretary could have avoided spending $12,375 on a charter flight to a hockey team owned by a former campaign contributor.