27 Apr '11, 5pm

A Shout-Out to Bureaucrats: Protecting Your #Water

Government staff are often lampooned as incompetent or maligned as indifferent to everyday Americans. Having worked in and with government for many years, spanning administrations I agreed with and those I didn't, I'm here to tell you that those caricatures are flat-out wrong. I find that the vast majority of public servants are hard-working, talented, and dedicated to doing right by the American people. In other words, they’re patriots. I suspect that one reason these misperceptions stick is that government agencies don't have slick P.R. firms to promote their work, so a lot of the important things they do get lost in the policy weeds. For example, what if I told you that today the US EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed to revise guidance to the agencies' field staff, which will explain how to identify "waters of the United States" in light of a pair of Supreme C...

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