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Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Utah Rep. Mike Noel Conflicts of Interest Feb. 16 2018


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


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


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


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


GAO Acceptance Letter on Legal Opinion for Threatening Zinke Calls to Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan

A Sept. 8, 2017, letter from the Government Accountability Office confirming it will prepare a formal legal opinion on Secretary Zinke's phone call to Sens. Lisa Murkowski allegedly threatening funding for the state of Alaska unless Murkowski voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.… Continue Reading


DOI IG Confirmation of Preliminary Investigation on Zinke Call to Murkowski Aug 3 2017

An Aug. 3, 2017, letter from the Interior Department Office of Inspector General confirming a preliminary investigation into whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated laws or standards in contacting Sen. Lisa Murkowski to threaten the state of Alaska over her vote against destroying the Affordable Care Act.… Continue Reading


Grijalva Letter to Comptroller General, Gene L. Dodaro on 4/1

On April 1, 2015, Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva wrote a letter to the Honorable Gene L. Dodaro to examine the efforts of the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public lands.… Continue Reading

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