MONTPELIER, Vt. — A federal investigation has found that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee was punished for refusing to inflate repair cost estimates at a Vermont fish hatchery that was heavily damaged in 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.
A report by the Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General says the supervisor prevented the employee from being assigned to work details he wanted and kept him from being selected for positions to which he applied.
A copy of the report, with the names removed, was released to The Associated Press after a Freedom of Information Act request.
A Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman says no personnel decisions have been made yet.
The report says the supervisor wanted to add $6 million more in capital improvements to the original $5 million estimate.