Government Executive

Experts to Congress: Restore EPA Enforcement Staffing and Funding for Environmental Justice

by Government Executive | July 25, 2022
“The administration is trying to reorient its focus, but it needs the tools to do that,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former senior attorney for EPA’s enforcement division. “It needs the enforcement officers, ...

GovExec Daily: Empowering Employees Will Help Conservation Efforts

by Government Executive | April 19, 2022
Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, predominantly in the Western United States, cover nearly 250 million acres or about 10% of the land in the U.S. But, conserving public lands depends on the White House empowering federal employees at the land management agencies. Chandra ...

Op-Ed | The Success of Biden’s America the Beautiful Plan Hinges on Empowering Federal Employees

by Government Executive | April 6, 2022
With lofty proclamations and admirable ambition, the Biden administration set its sights on preserving 30% of American lands and waters by 2030. In order to meet the goals of its America the Beautiful plan, which is part of the worldwide “30 by 30” conservation initiative, the ...

White House Charts Course for Better Protections of Civil Servant Scientists

by Government Executive | January 12, 2022
The report did not win unanimous plaudits, however, with groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility saying it was too broad and failed to detail how agencies should protect their employees or adjudicate misconduct. “This report is ...

Biden’s Leadership Vacancies at Interior Recall Trump’s Track Record

by Government Executive | December 14, 2021
Nearing the end of its first year, the Biden administration is starting down the same path as the Trump administration by letting unconfirmed lower officials manage key bureaus in the Interior Department. As under Trump, actions by these quasi-acting agency heads are now potentially  ...