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07.18.18

Interior Department Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Zinke Halliburton Meeting July 18 2018


06.27.18

GAO Letter to Grijalva and Pallone on Zinke Threats to Alaska Senators June 27 2018


06.18.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Preserving North Carolina Red Wolves June 18 2018


06.11.18

Dems Hearing Request on Harassment at DOI June 11 2018


06.07.18

DOI IG Letter on Cancellation of NAS Mountaintop Removal Mining Study June 7 2018

A letter from the DOI Office of Inspector General explaining that the Interior Department has been misleading Congress and the public for months about why and how it canceled a study on the health effects of mountaintop removal mining.… Continue Reading


05.21.18

NPS Letter to Grijalva on Border Region Law Enforcement Ramp

The National Park Service (NPS) responded to Ranking Member Grijalva's letter requesting more information on the deployment of U.S. Park Police officers to secure the southern border.… Continue Reading


05.18.18

DOI Response to GAO Request on Zinke Calls with Alaska Senators

The Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor responded to a letter concerning the telephone calls made between Secretary Zinke and two Senators from Alaska.… Continue Reading


04.16.18

DOI Inspector General Looks into Zinke's use of Chartered Planes

The Department of the Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall sent a letter to Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin on her investigation into Secretary Zinke's use of chartered planes.… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Vetting Process for DOI Political Appointees

Following several embarrassing instances of racist and conspiratorial statements by Trump administration Inteior Department officials, Ranking Member Grijalva writes to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting information on DOI's vetting process for political appointees.… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Grijalva Calls for a Hearing on the DOI Reassignment Process

In response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report that concluded that the reassignments at DOI were for purely political reasons to punish employees that work on climate change or conservation, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) to request an oversight hearing on the real reasons for the reassignments.… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Grijalva and McEachin Letter Requesting OSC Investigation of Zinke Politicking in Florida

Reps. Grijalva and McEachin request an Office of Special Counsel investigation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's potentially illegal campaign activities while on duty during a trip to Florida. This letter was sent April 5, 2018.… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Democratic Letter to DOI IG on Manipulating NPS Climate Change Report

A letter from Reps. Grijalva, Tsongas, McEachin, Beyer and Lowenthal requesting an Interior Department inspector general investigation of the removal of information about human climate impacts from a report commissioned by the National Park Service. This letter was sent April 5, 2018.… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Letter From Secretary Zinke to Chairman Bishop on Non-Commercial Travel

The Department of the Interior sent a letter to Chairman Bishop clarifying questions raised about Secretary Zinke's use of non-commercial flights.… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Grijalva and McEachin Letter Requesting OSC Investigation of Zinke AML Announcements

Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter to the Department of the Interior Special Counsel to request an investigation into whether Secretary Zinke violated the Hatch Act when he used taxpayer funds to announce funding for coal mine reclamation at a site one mile away from the boundary of the 18th District of Pennsylvania. A special Congressional election took place in the District less than three weeks after the announcement was made.… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Grijalva McEachin Letter Requesting DOI OIG Funding Increase


02.16.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Utah Rep. Mike Noel Conflicts of Interest


02.14.18

Grijalva and McEachin Demand Answers on Zinke's Reorganization Plan

Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to stop the reorganization of DOI until he provides a detailed and well-justified plan to Congress.… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Grijalva Letter to BLM Acting Director on Bundy Trial

Ranking Member Grijalva sent a letter to BLM's Acting Director, Brian Steed, to request a briefing for Committee staff on the Cliven Bundy trespassing grazing trial.… Continue Reading


10.02.17

Grijalva and McEachin Ask OIG to Investigate Zinke's Use of Taxpayer Funds for Travel

Ranking Member Girjalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter on October 2, 2017 to the Department of Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into Secretary Zinke's travel costs and associated schedules. On October 11, 2017, OIG confirmed they received the letter and said the invesigation is open.… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Letter to Secretary Zinke on DOI Order to Steamroll National Environmental Policy Act

On August 31, 2017, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued an Order to steamroll National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation and review processes. Calling NEPA analyses "needlessly complex," the Order issued arbitrary page number limitations and time limits for NEPA documentation, namely environmental impact statements. The page limits were not met routinely during the last two administrations, mostly to avoid lawsuits because the NEPA analyses were inade… Continue Reading

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