Washington, DC – In her first year as Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton has done more to disrupt efficiency, discredit the department and depress employee morale than any modern Interior Secretary, says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national organization representing employees within Interior agencies.

“As the Department of Interior’s leader, Gale Norton has been a walking disaster area,” commented PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “Graded by administrative competence, apart from the environmental consequences of her actions, she is the worst Secretary since Teapot Dome – and, incredibly, instead of getting better, she is actually getting worse.”

On the eve of the first anniversary of Gale Norton’s confirmation, the employee group points to:

“Scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other staff within Interior are dispirited and dismayed by the Secretary’s performance,” Ruch concluded. “If Gale Norton is trying to stimulate early retirement of her professional staff, she is doing a bang-up job.”

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