US Dep Interior Sec Has Conflicts-Of-Interest Around Water

WASHINGTON DC

The No. 2 official at the Department of the Interior canceled plans to speak at a water industry forum in Colorado after department ethics officials concluded his appearance at the event could raise conflicts-of-interest concerns. The ethics office determined the [Colorado River District] event’s focus on “interstate Colorado River issues” could be perceived as a conflict with Bernhardt’s previous employment with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a law and lobbying firm.

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