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  • Excessive Litigation Diverts Interior from Core Mission, Congressional Mandates
    Press Release
    Jun 28, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing examining how excessive litigation is draining taxpayer resources and preventing the Department of the Interior (DOI) from fulfilling its core statutory functions and responsibilities. “Special interests repeatedly exploit our legal system to furthe... More
  • Labrador Letter to Interior Secretary Zinke
    Letters
    Jun 7, 2017 -
    TO: The Honorable Ryan Zinke FROM: Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador Dear Secretary Zinke, The Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is conducting oversight of settlements negotiated in lawsuits against the Department of the Interior (DOI) and its subagencies. Read the entire le... More
  • Panel Decries Natural Resources Laws Led Astray, Outlines Local Consequences of Executive Overreach
    Press Release
    May 24, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held the first of a series of oversight hearings to examine the impacts of federal natural resources laws gone astray. The panel focused on three laws in particular: the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA), the Wilderness Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management... More
  • Bishop and Labrador Letter to Secretary Zinke
    Letters
    May 3, 2017 -
    TO: The Honorable Ryan Zinke FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador Dear Secretary Zinke, We write to express our concerns regarding the administration of two climate change adaptation programs within the Department of the Interior (Interior). One of the programs, Climate Science Centers (CSC... More
  • Letter: Bishop and Labrador Express Concerns Over Obama-Era Climate Change Programs at Interior
    Press Release
    May 3, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing concerns and requesting information on two climate change adaptation programs established within the Department of the Interior during the Obama admi... More
  • ESA Consultation Delays Block Critical Infrastructure Projects, Imperil Species Recovery Efforts
    Press Release
    Mar 28, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on delays and uncertainty related to Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations. Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) reacted to testimony from witnesses that recounted personal experiences with extensive delays as a result of ESA c... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Acting Secretary Haugrud
    Letters
    Feb 2, 2017 -
    TO: Acting Secretary Haugrud FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Acting Secretary Haugrud: Over the past several years, many disturbing cases concerning Department of the Interior (Department) employees misconduct have cast doubts on effectiveness of the Department's hiring, retention, and termination policies. The Departme... More
  • USGS Fails to Explain Decades of Data Manipulation, Management Failures and Culture of Harassment
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to examine decades of data manipulation at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), generally recognized as a preeminent scientific organization of the federal government. The Department of the Interior Inspector General and a Scientif... More
  • Bishop and Gohmert Letter to Director Dan Ashe
    Letters
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    TO: Director Dan Ashe FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Ashe: The Committee is conducting oversight of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) use of voluntary payments by energy developers to mitigate impacts on migratory birds. In 2001, Executive Order 13186 directed "departments a... More
  • Rep. Gohmert Letter to USGS Director Suzette Kimball
    Letters
    Sep 23, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Suzette Kimball FROM: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Kimball: The Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is conducting oversight of scientific misconduct and data manipulation at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).... More
  • Federal Wolf Management Fraught with Controversies and Failures
    Press Release
    Sep 21, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s inconsistent and unsuccessful wolf management efforts in the United States. The panel, which included local and state witnesses, focused on red wolves in the Southeast, gray wolves in the Northwes... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Director Ashe
    Letters
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Dan Ashe FROM: Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Director Ashe: On August 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency-led crew ("EPA") discharged 3 million gallons of contaminated water from the Gold King Mine, located in San Juan County, Colorado into the Animas and the San Juan... More
  • Chairman Bishop and Chairman Upton Letter to Administrator McCarthy
    Letters
    Sep 9, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Gina A. McCarthy FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Chairman Fred Upton Dear Administrator McCarthy: Under section I 08(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is considering creating a regulatory regim... More
  • Rep. Gohmert Letter to USGS Director Suzette Kimball
    Letters
    Aug 29, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Suzette Kimball FROM: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Kimball: In June 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled "Scientific Integrity Incident at USGS Energy Geochemistry Laboratory... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Aug 29, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell FROM: Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Secretary Jewell: In April 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) drafted an after action review titled, “Strengthening Cultural Resources Stewardship in the National Park Service.” Read the entire letter HERE. More
  • No Accountability One Year After the EPA-caused, DOI-approved Gold King Mine Disaster
    Press Release
    Aug 5, 2016 -
    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “A year later, the Obama Administration still won’t tell us the whole truth. Accounts of ... More
  • Hearing Reveals Administration’s Apparent Double-Standard for Federally Subsidized Renewable Energy Projects On Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the status of Ivanpah and other federal loan-guaranteed solar energy projects on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The Obama Administration has subsidized billions of taxpayer dollars in renewable energy projects that have significantly unde... More
  • BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Crowds Out Local, State Voices in Favor of Special Interests
    Press Release
    Jul 7, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to hear from state and local representatives on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft Planning 2.0 Rule. This draft rule would dramatically shift resource management planning away from local communities to bureaucrats in Washington,... More
  • Interior Lacks Enforcement and Accountability for Unethical Behavior and Criminal Conduct
    Press Release
    Jun 23, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountably from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of unethical and criminal conduct at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Since last month’s subcommittee hearing on the ... More
  • Subcommittee Letter to the Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General on Further Ethical Lapses at DOI
    Press Release
    Jun 1, 2016 -
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) as part of the Subcommittee’s ongoing oversight of ethical lapses and violations of federal law at DOI, and the pattern of evasion from the Depa... More
  • National Park Service Chief Misled Inspector General Investigators, Lied to Interior Secretary and Promoted Other Agency Violators
    Press Release
    May 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the “Culture of Corruption” at the Department of the Interior (DOI). During the hearing, Mary Kendall, DOI Deputy Inspector General (IG), acknowledged that Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, purposely lied to the S... More
  • Proposed BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Shifts Decisions to Washington D.C., Silences Local Voices
    Press Release
    May 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on “Local and State Perspectives on BLM’s Draft Planning 2.0 Rule.” As proposed, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule would significantly diminish local input and shift most public land use planning decisions to bureaucrats in Was... More
  • Environmental Laws Threaten Safety in Borderland Communities
    Press Release
    Apr 28, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on impediments imposed by federal land management regimes in securing the international borders of the United States. Federal land management regulations create obstacles for the United States Border Patrol in effectively securing the border. This l... More
  • Committee Exposes DOI’s $50 Million Law Enforcement Database Boondoggle
    Press Release
    Mar 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing raising bipartisan concerns about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) waste, abuse and incompetence concerning its law enforcement records system. Since 2003, DOI has spent over $50 million in federal funds on a database that is still ... More
  • WSJ: Downstream From a Slippery EPA
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 1, 2016 -
    BY: Ryan Flynn The bright yellow water that gushed from Colorado’s Gold King mine and into the Animas River last summer has dissipated, but the environmental disaster continues downstream. An estimated 880,000 pounds of lead and other metals poured out of the Gold King in August when the Environmental Protection Agency... More
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