National Park Service



DOI OIG: Inspection of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Occupational Safety and Health and Workers' Compensation Programs 

February 2016 

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is responsible for maintaining a safe, healthy work environment for its employees. When the work environment is not safe, compensation becomes an issue. For example, in 2014, DOI spent $59 million on workers’ compensation costs due to injuries and illness. 

The National Park Service (NPS) had the largest share of workers’ compensation costs, totaling $25 million in CBY 2014. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had the next highest totals, with amounts ranging from just under $9 million to $6 million, respectively. Report


DOI OIG: Unsupported Costs and Alleged Price Gouging on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Contracts 

January 2016 

OIG investigated unsupported costs and possible price gouging identified during an OIG audit that reviewed claimed costs under three contracts, totaling $4,551,942, that the National Park Service (NPS) issued to a contractor to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery operations. Our investigation identified $90,442 in charges that had no supporting documentation and for equipment that was broken on the day of claimed use. We also determined that the contractor double-billed two equipment items, resulting in an overpayment of $24,604.

Internal Report, Summary.


DOI OIG: Investigation of Workers’ Compensation Fraud by a National Park Service Employee 

January 2016 

OIG investigated allegations that a National Park Service (NPS) maintenance worker was driving buses for a transportation company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area while claiming workers’ compensation from the Federal Government.

OIG found that the maintenance worker received $72,276 in workers’ compensation benefits while he was also employed by a local transportation company. 

Internal Report, Summary.


DOI OIG: Investigative Report Concerning the Purchase of Fully Automatic Rifles and Flash-Bang Distraction Devices by NPS Park Rangers 

January 2016 

OIG initiated an investigation in June 2014 based on allegations from the National Park Service (NPS) that fully automatic rifles and “flash-bang” distraction devices had been obtained by law enforcement rangers at the Mojave National Preserve (MNP), in violation of NPS policy. 

OIG found violations of NPS policy in the purchase of both the fully automatic rifles and the flash-bang distraction devices. Also, throughout our investigation, the supervisory park ranger who made the purchases provided inconsistent statements during his interviews. Report

Media Coverage

National Parks Traveler: Mojave National Preserve Ranger Buys Fully Automatic Rifles And “Flash-Bang” Distraction Devices