Roll Call

National Park Service still waiting for Biden to pick a director

by Roll Call | August 18, 2021
“There’s a real problem with not having a leader at the head of the agency. It’s killing morale. Killing morale,” Kristen Brengel, senior vice president for government affairs with the National Parks Conservation Association, said in an interview. Jeff Ruch of the Public Employees ...

A ‘forever chemical’ surprise awaits Biden’s EPA

by Roll Call | January 15, 2021
“President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to address so-called forever chemicals that have been found in Americans’ drinking water and linked to many adverse health effects. But the scope of the contamination may be larger than previously understood given the EPA finding this week ...

Biden’s EPA pick has experience lifting a discouraged agency

by Roll Call | December 18, 2020
“Michael Regan, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for EPA administrator, won kudos for his work to rejuvenate a beleaguered North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, where morale plummeted under a Republican leadership skeptical about climate science. “Michael ...

Without Senate-confirmed leaders, Interior rules may be at risk

by Roll Call | October 26, 2020
“Through a series of appointments that appear to have bypassed the Appointments Clause of the Constitution and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, the officials leading those agencies — the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Office of Surface Mining ...

Park Service head retires; successor quickly named

by Roll Call | August 7, 2020
“The acting head of the National Park Service abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, vacating a role that a Senate-confirmed nominee has not held during the entire Trump administration. David Vela, a 30-year career NPS official who assumed the role of acting director of the ...