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DOI watchdog says acting USNPS chief’s crude hallway gesture doesn’t constitute sexual harassment

The head of the National Park Service (NPS) acknowledged to the Interior Department’s watchdog agency that he told a story and made a gesture that were inappropriate in an office hallway.

But in a brief report issued Thursday, Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) stopped short of labeling P. Daniel Smith’s actions “sexual harassment,” since the only witness to it said he was not offended and investigators found no other witnesses that the gesture was intended to be sexual.



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