natural resources agencies

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering its staff to “not respond to questions or make any statements” if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or its own Office of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. “The order reinforces a growing…

Forest Service Plans to Relocate Jobs Out of Forests

Forest Service Plans to Relocate Jobs Out of Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service is poised to restructure the agency so that land management planning jobs are removed from individual forests, according to Service documents released today by a national association of government employees in natural resources agencies. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, says the resulting reorganization…

Whistleblower Seeks Restoration of Independent EPA Ombudsman

Whistleblower Seeks Restoration of Independent EPA Ombudsman

WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is resisting a legal bid to re-create its internal independent watchdog, according to filings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a national association of workers in natural resources agencies. At the time it was disbanded in 2002, the EPA’s National…