Ryan Zinke is Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
|1999.06.14||Military records show Ryan Zinke was caught in a "pattern of fraud." while working for SEAL Team 6. theintercept.com|
|2012||Ryan Zinke used techniques thought up as a joke by comedian Stephen Colbert as part of a scheme to bypass campaign donation laws. motherjones.com|
|2016.12.13||Trump nominates Montana congressman Ryan Zinke to lead Department of the Interior washingtonpost.com (See also Department of the Interior)|
|2017.01.31||In a new bill House Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, the size of Connecticut, sparking rallies and uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition theguardian.com (See also Environment, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management)|
|2017.03.01||The Senate confirms Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior, 68-31, with all voting Republicans and 17 members of the Democratic caucus backing him. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.03.02||Ryan Zinke overturns a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges. doi.gov (See also Department of the Interior, Environment)|
|2017.07.26||In response to Senator Murkowski voting against the ACA repeal, Trump and his administration responded by tweeting at her and a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska's future with the administration in jeopardy. adn.com (See also Health Care, Affordable Care Act, Unpresidential Behavior, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.09.17||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, but the White House has refused to release this recommendation to the public. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.10.02||The Interior Department’s inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayer-funded charter planes, including a $12,000 trip from Las Vegas to an airport hear his hometown in Montana, and another trip in the Caribbean. politico.com (See also Department of the Interior, Corruption)|
|2017.10.05||Republican donors paid up to $5,000 per couple for a photo with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at a fundraiser held during a taxpayer-funded trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, frequently mixing politics with his Interior duties. politico.com (See also Corruption, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.10.23||Whitefish Energy, a two-year-old company, had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall, but from the same hometown as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, signed a $300 million contract to repair large portions of Puerto Rico's electrical infratructure. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of the Interior, Unprecedented Actions)|
The scale of the disaster in Puerto Rico is far larger than anything Whitefish has handled. The company has won two contracts from the Energy Department, including $172,000 to replace a metal pole structure and splice in three miles of new conductor and overhead ground wire in Arizona.
|2017.10.24||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed millions of dollars in political contributions since 2014 to a network of Washington operatives that prominent conservatives have accused of profiting by misleading donors. politico.com (See also Department of the Interior, Corruption)|
|2017.10.25||Members of Congress from both parties on Tuesday called for an investigation into a $300 million contract to restore power to Puerto Rico, awarded to a small 2-person company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana. apnews.com (See also Department of the Interior)|
|2017.10.27||A deal reached between the government and a small Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown prohibits the government from reviewing labor costs or profits related to the company's relief efforts in Puerto Rico, according to a leaked copy of the contract. thehill.com (See also Corruption, Department of the Interior, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.10.30||The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority cancelled the highly disputed $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy, a tiny American company tasked with restoring power to the still storm-ravaged island. npr.org (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of the Interior, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.12.04||Donald Trump signed two presidential proclamations to scale back the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, opening federally-owned public lands for private development. axios.com (See also Department of the Interior, Domestic Policy)|
The Bears Ears monument is shrinking from 1.5 million acres to 220,000 acres and the Grand Staircase-Escalante is going from 2 million acres to 1 million acres.
|2017.12.05||One day after Donald Trump ordered an unprecedented reduction of a pair of national monuments in Utah, his administration announced plans to modify a slew of other protected wildlands scattered across the country, including shrinking Gold Butte National Monument, a nearly 300,000-acre site in Nevada, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which spans just over 100,000 acres on the California–Oregon border. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of the Interior, Environment)|
|2017.12.05||Outdoor gear company Patagonia says it will take legal action over Donald Trump's move to dramatically shrink two national monuments in Utah. money.cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Environment, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.12.07||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress, and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. politico.com (See also Department of the Interior, Mike Pence, Corruption)|
|2017.12.08||Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have filed a lawsuit this week over Donald Trump's announcement cutting Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. chron.com (See also Department of the Interior, Legal Issues)|