Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Obama appointee Tony Babauta resigns from DOI

A Department of Interior official whose official travel and other conduct was being investigated has resigned. Tony Babauta, the Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Areas, is leaving the agency Feb. 1, a spokesman tells the Loop, though Babauta has been on administrative leave since Nov. 17 while the investigation was pending. President Obama named Babauta, a native of Guam, to the position in 2009. He was tasked with overseeing U.S. territories including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The Interior Department’s inspector general reportedly was looking into Babauta’s travels as well as grants awarded by his office...more

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