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A Top Adviser at the Department of the Interior Is Under Fire After Meeting Extensively With Oil and Mining Representatives ... As is the case with other prominent officials at the Department of the Interior (DOI) appointed by Secretary Ryan Zinke, the official work calendar of senior adviser Kathleen ...
A report funded by the Interior Department is recommending that the agency work closely with the oil industry to establish standards to prevent spills from bolt failures on undersea safety equipment used in deepwater drilling. The National Academies of Sciences issued the report Friday, raising concerns ...

Tara Sweeney at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention in October 2017. Her nomination to be assistant interior secretary for Indian affairs has been held up for months. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media). Alaskan Tara Sweeney is President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ...
In the emails, published by The Post, Douglas Domenech, the Department of the Interior's assistant secretary for insular areas and one of the appointees featured in the POLITICO report, complained about the language in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) press release about shrinking glaciers in Montana. The release ...
The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said. The project was planned by career ...
Zinke's personal calendar shows that Mashburn was among several Interior Department officials in attendance at the event. A detailed schedule the department released as part of a public records request shows that after the public event, Mashburn joined Zinke and other agency officials for a private ...

David Bernhardt, deputy secretary of the Interior department, speaks at a breakfast organized by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance on March 8, 2018, in Anchorage. Seated to his right are former Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and Joe Balash, an assistant secretary for the interior. (Alex DeMarban / ADN).
Members of the Fairbanks community gather in front of the Noel Wien Public Library on Wednesday afternoon to speak out against continued steps forward to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil development. Erin Granger/News-Miner. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save.
Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt addresses the North Slope Borough Assembly in Utqiagvik March 6, 2018. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska's Energy Desk). A high-profile guest was in attendance at the North Slope Borough Assembly meeting in Utqiaġvik Tuesday. The Interior ...
Washington, DC March 5, 2018 – The legal authority of the acting heads in three major Interior Department agencies is still up in the air, according to the General Counsel of Interior's own Office of Inspector General (IG). Consequently, the validity of months of actions taken by the current and former acting ...
The debate started as early as March 2017, when an aide to Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, asked a senior Interior Department official to consider reduced boundaries for Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah to remove land that contained oil and natural gas deposits that had ...
Over the past year, none of President Donald Trump's Cabinet members have undergone as rapid and fundamental a change in policies and positions as Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The former Montana congressman received bipartisan acclaim in his confirmation hearings for espousing the ...
DENVER (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plan to put more of his department's decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw in the eyes of some who spent their careers making those decisions. Eleven former Interior Department officials with decades of experience in both Washington and in local offices told ...
The 11 former Interior Department officials who spoke with the AP came mostly from the Bureau of Land Management but also the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Their job experiences ranged from park ranger to director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Each spoke on the record.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) new rule on migratory bird hunting; migratory bird hunting regulations on certain federal Indian reservations and ceded lands for the 2017-18 season. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) prescribes special migratory bird ...
The Interior Department has revealed that it flies an expanded drone air force of over 300 aircraft, and that they flew nearly 5,000 flights, with many to help fight forest fires. “With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft, the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in ...
In a letter from the Western Governors' Association, the group asked the Department of the Interior to delay the proposal and seek more meaningful input from states. The governors questioned how the plan would impact “the ability of its bureaus to consult, coordinate, and cooperate with states?”.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The evolving ...
TAUNTON - The U.S Department of the Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe qualifies to have land taken into trust under a different legal category from one rejected by a federal judge in 2016, and will provide an update on that ...
The Interior Department has one of the largest non-defense unmanned aircraft programs, and it is only growing. According to a recent report, DOI's 312 drones flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017, an 82 percent increase from 2016. What are all these drones doing? According to the DOI Office of Aviation ...
BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revamped a plan for a sweeping overhaul of his department Friday with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of ...
A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them. The Feb. 1 letter from the Western Governors Association said the ...
Kathleen Stelts spends a lot of time exploring tide pools. She's a docent with the Laguna Ocean Foundation in Laguna Beach, California. She likes to educate visitors about the delicate creatures they find on the rocks. “I tell the kids, 'See that crab? If you poke it, it would be like someone walking up to you ...
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, ...
The Interior Department's various powerful land agencies — National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, to name two — could be consolidated into regional offices that align with the continent's great watersheds, under sweeping plans being considered by the Trump administration.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the selection of Jeff Rupert to serve as Director of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF). Mr. Rupert has been serving as the Acting Director since October 2017. He has been with the Department of the Interior for over twenty ...
There was some shuffling of jobs in the National Park Service this month. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that he selected Michael Reynolds to be the superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. Yosemite has been without a permanent superintendent since September 2016 ...
WASHINGTON (January 29, 2018)—Last year, Joel Clement was removed from his position leading the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis and transferred to an office overseeing oil and gas royalties. Clement left the Trump administration in protest, seeing the reassignment as a deliberate effort ...
The U.S. Department of the Interior is removing the extinct eastern cougar subspecies from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife, correcting what it calls a "lingering anomaly" that listed the species, despite it likely having gone extinct many decades before the Endangered Species Act ...
But the men are on opposite sides of the controversy, in which the former members of the National Park Service Advisory Board say the Interior Department has shut them out of the policymaking process and agency officials have fired back, accusing the board of ignoring ethics failures that occurred on their ...
GEORGE — As Congress continues its squabble over passing a budget and a possible government shutdown looms, the Interior Department is looking to keep national parks open. In this file photo, visitors wait for Zion National Park to open after nearly two weeks of being closed due to the partial ...
Established in 1935, this body of unpaid volunteers advises the Interior Department and the director of the NPS on a wide range of matters and policies at the organization, from the designation of historic and natural landmarks to addressing climate change. However, they are not employees of the National ...
The Interior Department said Wednesday it welcomes the mass resignation of nearly all members of a key National Park Service advisory panel, saying it soon will appoint new members and hold a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift accused some of the panel ...
Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said she expected “nothing less” than members who turned a blind eye to sexual harassment. ... Jan 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, ...
Washington (CNN) The Department of Interior is rebutting concerns cited by members of the National Park System Advisory Board who quit on Tuesday. "It is patently false to say the Department had not engaged the board when as recently as January 8 we were working with the board to renew their charter ...
Interior Department reorganization could move BLM headquarters to Colorado. Interior officials have emphasized that some Democrats in Colorado like the concept of moving BLM headquarters here ...
The U.S. Interior Department will now funnel certain grants through a political screening intended to ensure the federal dollars "better align" with the administration's "priorities," according to a newly revealed memo. The move invests considerable power in a senior Interior Department adviser named Steve ...
KING COVE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Washington Post is reporting that the U.S. Interior Department has approved a land swap deal that would lead to construction ... We are very glad that the Secretary and Department of the Interior are rationally engaging with the community of King Cove, and look forward to ...
Just before Christmas, the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. Order 3360, signed by Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, explains that the policies were rescinded ...
The Interior Department is dialing back more environmental mitigation policies set in the Obama administration. Matthew Bisanz/ Wikipedia ... The Interior Department did not issue a press release or otherwise comment on the order, quietly signed on the Friday before the Christmas holiday. Advertisement.
Just before Christmas, the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. Order 3360, signed by Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, explains that the policies were rescinded ...
For the sixth year in a row, the U.S. Department of the Interior's onshore and offshore energy programs have made the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) high-risk list due to their vulnerability to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Instead of taking steps to address these issues, however, ...
The Department of the Interior (DOI) says it made a mistake by trying to use wildfire preparedness funds to pay for an unrelated helicopter tour of Nevada taken by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this summer. Officials initially said Zinke's July 30 helicopter trip could be covered by the Bureau of Land ...
The revelation led the Interior Department's inspector general office to open an investigation into Zinke's use of charter planes. Shortly after, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel began its own investigation into whether Zinke's Las Vegas speech with Foley violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive ...
More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department say they have been harassed or discriminated against in the past year, the department said ... Left: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management trail marker is shown along the Arch Canyon trail in Bears Ears National Monument, ...
The Department of Interior (DOI) appears to be moving full speed ahead with an ambitious reorganization plan and will pilot the first regional office concept in Alaska. In a letter first obtained by E&E News Friday, the director of Interior's Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Todd Wynn, expanded ...
The U.S. Interior Department told a federal court Monday that Connecticut's refusal to negotiate a gaming compact with the Mashantucket Pequots nearly 30 years ago creates a fatal flaw in the state's legal efforts today to help the Pequot and Mohegan tribes compete with MGM Resorts International.
Thousands of employees at the U.S. Department of the Interior, including those at its regional office in metro Denver, could be in for a shakeup. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week started a major push to reorganize the agency and get thousands of employees out of Washington D.C. and large cities like ...
Nowadays, it is, in a manner of speaking, always hunting season at the Department of the Interior. The department ... Two days after his trip to Tallahassee, Zinke proposed a complete reorganization of the Interior Department, which currently has some seventy thousand employees. (In September, he told ...
I am troubled that there is not a universal sense in the Department of the Interior (Department) that those few employees who have failed to uphold these standards are appropriately being held accountable. Please be assured, that I am committed to ensuring that leaders at all levels of the Department are, ...


 

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