BLM Web Disaster

SOURCE:  climatewest.org

“The Bureau of Land Management has already been under fire for using its website to promote fossil fuel industry interests, but this absolute elimination of online access and information is a scandal of epic proportions.”

Trump’s BLM Web Disaster

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For those who don’t know, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been moving to a new website over the last several months. Far from a seamless transition, however, the move has been a complete disaster.

In the last several weeks, the agency seems to have completely disconnected its old website, effectively erasing any content that once existed on the web. While this wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Bureau had migrated all its content to the new website, unfortunately, this hasn’t happened. Making matters worse, the new website seems to be incomplete, lacks cohesion and any semblance of organization, is slow to load, and barely registers on web searches.

The result has been a complete web catastrophe: Information that was once publicly available is no longer accessible, public access to information and web pages seems to have been eliminated, and, more than ever, Americans are in the dark when it comes to the functions and actions of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Let’s be clear, no matter what your interest or agenda is, this is a major affront to transparency. It also underscores how President Trump and his Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, are bent on shutting out the public out of the management of public lands and resources.

For years, the American public has relied on the Bureau of Land Management’s websites to access all sorts of information: recreation maps; instructions for filing applications for permits and claims; reports and analyses; news updates; staff contact information; and more. Now, it’s pretty much all gone.

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7 comments on “BLM Web Disaster

  1. Does it appear that no one in this administration ever did any kind of research or study as to what their obligations were to the public? Or is it exactly what we thought early on – they don’t care! How do we encourage (make) them care is the question, I guess.

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  2. Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. In a free society, transparency is government’s obligation to share information with citizens. It is at the heart of how citizens hold their public officials accountable.

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      • Yes, agree … that was my point but thanks for stating it clearly. Actions speak far louder than words and if we open our eyes, we see the actions that are being enacted in our country. Our country’s unlawful activities carried out forcibly against the will of the people and against wildlife and public lands are atrocious.

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  3. Cats will dig and bury their poo to hide their telltale scent. It appears (smells) as if this what BLM has done. They have tried to hide their “poo” in order to hide from the public, the horrible scent they leave behind on everything they do.

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    Perhaps it’s not surprising that we’re hearing the agency has been inundated with public complaints over its shoddy web transition. We’ve heard that even Bureau of Land Management staff, who have also relied on the agency’s old website, have been raising complaints.

    The Bureau of Land Management has already been under fire for using its website to promote fossil fuel industry interests, but this absolute elimination of online access and information is a scandal of epic proportions.

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