Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and the House Committee on Natural Resources invite you to a Government Accountability Office briefing regarding extremist threats to public land managers.
When: Monday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Longworth 1324
What: A briefing from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on its new report,
Federal Land Management Agencies: Additional Actions Needed to Address Facility Security Assessment Requirements
- Anne-Marie Fennell, Director, GAO Natural Resources and Environment team
Anti-government ideology, and the violent action it produces, hurts public land managers at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service. GAO’s new report lays out the recent history and ongoing
problem of extremist attacks and threats against public land management agencies and their employees, as well as recommendations for defusing political tensions on land management issues.
Alarmingly, GAO found that abuse, threats, and attacks against land managers are all too common:
According to officials at all four agencies, employees do not always report threats to agency law enforcement. For example, some field unit employees said that in certain circumstances, they consider receiving threats a normal part
of their job…In addition, some officials described being threatened while off-duty, such as by being harassed in local stores, or being monitored at their home, which officials said in some cases they did not report because it was a common occurrence.
It is important for all Members of Congress to better understand this issue and to determine what actions may be appropriate. No federal employees should have to feel fear because of the work that they do.
The briefing and report will inform the
Oct. 22 hearing before the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee, entitled “No More Standoffs: Protecting Federal Employees and Ending the Culture of Anti-Government Attacks and Abuse.”
This briefing is open to all staff. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about this important issue.
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