For federal rangers in the Southwest, it’s been a rough few months with threats of violence and open defiance of their rules. Now a group representing federal employees says their agency, the Bureau of Land Management, isn’t being up-front about what it’s doing to protect them. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has sued the bureau for documents related to a standoff with a Nevada rancher and armed militia members. Daniel Patterson is the southwest director of PEER and a former Bureau of Land Management employee. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the details of the lawsuit.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.