Cause of Action Institute Submits Comment Criticizing Proposed Revisions to Department of the Interior’s FOIA Regulations

Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) yesterday submitted a public comment to the Department of the Interior (DOI), criticizing the agency’s proposed revisions to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations.  DOI’s amendments, which were published in the Federal Register in the final days of 2018, have already received negative […]

CoA Institute Highlights Problems with Presidents’ Unilateral Designation of Monuments

Washington D.C. – After President Trump yesterday signed an executive order to review previous presidents’ national monument designations under the Antiquities Act, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining why some designations may have been unlawful. Signed into law over a […]

CoA Institute Files Lawsuit to Obtain Communications Surrounding Interior’s Decision to Exclude Atlantic from Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Washington, DC – Today, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a complaint in federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to find out whether DOI’s decision to withdraw the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program was politically motivated.  In […]

REPORT: Ethical Violations and Retaliation: How to Get Promoted at the Bureau of Indian Affairs

According to a Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General (DOI OIG) report  and numerous complaints filed by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) employees, Jeanette Hanna, the former Regional Director of the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office of the BIA, mismanaged tribal trust funds, abused her authority, retaliated against […]

Cause of Action Statement on Senate’s confirmation of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior

Cause of Action on the Senate’s Confirmation of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior. Executive Director Dan Epstein: “As the new Secretary of the Interior, we expect Sally Jewell to bring the accountability, […]

New York Times: Oyster Farm Caught Up in Pipeline Politics

Oyster Farm Caught Up in Pipeline Politics By NORIMITSU ONISHI POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. — Seen from a nearby hilltop, the Drakes Bay Oyster Company is a cluster of shacks with faded white walls. One patched roof appears at risk of being blown away by the next Pacific squall. A dozen workers […]

Leading the Way in Scientific Misconduct

The Department of the Interior recently proclaimed in a blog that the agency is “Leading the Way in Scientific Integrity.” “The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a unique role as one of the United States Government’s leading creators and consumers of scientific data and research. Ensuring the integrity of […]