Allow Government Advisory Boards to Resume Work

Target: Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke

Goal: Unfreeze the work and meetings of hundreds of government boards and committees.

A department memo shows that the Interior Department has frozen the work of over 200 advisory boards, committees, and subcommittees, and prevented the groups from meeting until September at the earliest. About one-third of those advisory boards are science-based, indicating a sharp turn away from the Obama administration’s focus on, for example, combating climate change.

This suspension of work comes at the same time as the dismissal of half the scientists on a review board that provides guidance to the Environmental Protection Agency. According to an Interior official, those dismissals were “very different” from the freeze on department advisory boards, which have been put in place “so the secretary (Ryan Zinke) can assess whether they are achieving their purpose.” However, the Trump administration’s disregard for the environment is ominous. Sign below to demand that scientific and other vital government advisory boards be allowed to continue their vital work, even while the secretary “assesses” them.


Dear Secretary Zinke,

The freeze on the work of over 200 advisory boards and committees–especially in conjunction with the dismissal of half the scientists on the review board for the EPA–is dangerous and unacceptable. These groups are in place to perform a necessary function, and they should be allowed to continue to do so even while you determine whether they are doing so effectively.

Our environment must be protected. Advisory boards, particularly scientific ones, are necessary to keep our government and our country running. I urge you to unfreeze the halt on work and meetings for these government advisory boards.


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One Comment

  1. I agree that “the Trump administration’s disregard for the environment is ominous”. That’s exactly what it is. And we should all be very concerned.

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