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November 8, 2019 by

FACT CHECK: New BLM HQ Move Talking Points Filled with Political Spin, Falsehoods

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently uploaded a new FAQ section to its website outlining what it says are the reasons why the agency is relocating to new headquarters […]

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November 8, 2019 by

BREAKING: Interior Sec. Bernhardt Attempting Water Giveaway to Former Client

Sweetheart Deal Would Give Bernhardt’s Former Client, Westlands Water District, Major Water Supply in Perpetuity Western Values Project released the following statement in response to an Associated Press report that […]

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November 6, 2019 by

Sen. McSally Fails to Support Permanent LWCF Funding, Open to Public Land Sell-Off

In E&E News Interview, McSally Says She Has a “Different Philosophy” on Permanent LWCF Funding Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) failed to commit to fully and permanently funding the Land and […]

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August 19, 2019 by

New Inspector General to Join Interior Amid Slew of Ethics Scandals

Mark Greenblatt Will Inherit Full Caseload as Inspector General at Interior Interior’s new Inspector General, Mark Greenblatt, is slated to begin his job soon, overseeing the Interior Department’s ethics probes […]

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July 24, 2019 by

Inspector General Confirms Investigation as Groups Uncover More Evidence of Political Interference at Interior

Improper ‘Political Review Process’ Has Led to Political Coverup Western Values Project, a Montana-based nonprofit conservation group, and Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, have […]

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June 26, 2019 by

Who Else is Under Interior’s Political Awareness Review Process?

A new analysis by Western Values Project discovered that major media outlets including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Politico, The Hill and others, as well as watchdog organizations, were subject to the political awareness review, causing delays and, in some cases, limiting responsive public documents being released.

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June 21, 2019 by

Only Seven Emails From Bernhardt’s Desk Available Out of 27,375 Documents in Online Database

Only seven of the 27,375 documents released by the Interior Department publicly accessible in a new online database were written by Secretary David Bernhardt, suggesting that Interior is withholding key documents and emails written by Bernhardt. The apparent suppression of Bernhardt’s documents come as Interior is facing lawsuits and calls for investigations into the secret political review process of pending public records requests.

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June 10, 2019 by

Statement: Bernhardt Courts Industry Lobbyist, Ignores Corruption Concerns

“Lobbyist turned-Interior Secretary David Bernhardt once again avoided accountability for the damage he’s done to our outdoor heritage in order to reward his special interest friends. The only people in that audience who should leave feeling like they’ll get what they want are the high-powered lobbyists who made the trip from Washington, D.C.”

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June 10, 2019 by

Mobile Billboard to Run During Annual Meeting Reminding Western Governors of Bernhardt’s Priorities

Conflict-ridden Interior Secretary Bernhardt Uses Event to Continue Charm Offensive Toward Fellow Lobbyists Fresh off a Republican “big donor retreat” in Chicago for President Trump’s reelection campaign, Interior Secretary David […]

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May 22, 2019 by

Interior Secretary Bernhardt Blames Others For Department’s Failure to Follow Transparency Laws

Breaking Story Based on WVP FOIAs Reveals Interior Political Appointees Restricting Public Documents Interior Secretary David Bernhardt failed to give a clear answer on questions from Senate committee members about […]

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