Federal Vacancies Reform Act

The Trump Administration has repeatedly violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act by delegating authority to lower-level political appointees to “exercise the authority of” the Directors of its major bureaus, such as the National Park Service and BLM, without obtaining the Senate’s confirmation for them required under law. These appointees manage almost 350 million acres of our national parks and rangelands, covering almost one-seventh of the nation’s land area. They manage tens of thousands of Interior staff and oversee key regulatory functions. PEER has challenged – and will continue to challenge – these detours around  the “advice and consent” of the Senate required under Article 2 of the Constitution.

NEWS FROM PEER

Trump’s Temporary Insanity

Trump's latest attempt to avoid the Senate’s confirmation process is Lanny Erdos of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

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BLOG: Bernhardt’s Bad Actors

Eight political appointees are leading most of the Department of the Interior bureaus without the required “advice and consent” of the Senate. President Trump’s tactic violates fundamental “checks and balances”....

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