By Rob Capriccioso
“Agencies are completing their plans of action to implement the policies and directives of Executive Order 13175, as required by President Obama’s November 5, 2009 memorandum to agencies,” Inouye said.
“As you remember, this presidential memorandum emphasized the importance of tribal consultation to a sound and productive nation-to-nation relationship.”
To date, officials with the Departments of the Interior, Justice, Treasury and Transportation confirmed they met the 90-day deadline.
“The president should hold their feet to the fire,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate that these department heads are not taking their jobs seriously. Until there are penalties and repercussions, I fear this is going to keep happening. The president should revisit the issue and take action.”
I'm pretty sure Capriccioso wrote this article after I suggested the topic. That's my small contribution to Indian country.
After he published the article, we had the following chat on Facebook:
Excellent idea for an article. <g>
So only four agencies have met the deadline? Where are their reports? Don't we get to read them? I thought they were going to be public documents.
This is akin to the sound of a tree falling in a forest. If an agency claims a document is done but we don't get to read it, it might as well not exist. Seeing is believing.
P.S. Good idea for a follow-up story.
But why no announcement about the completed reports? It's like the apology in the defense bill: buried.
For more on the subject, see Where Are Obama's Cabinet Reports? and Obama's Memo to His Cabinet.