‘Divesting’ the District of federal agencies makes no sense
Regarding the March 9 Metro article “GOP floats relocating D.C. agencies”:
I am a retired Environmental Protection Agency lawyer who worked for a member of Congress for a year as part of the Brookings Institution’s legislative fellowship program. I was surprised at how little members knew about the workings of the federal government, such as that a proposed regulation was not a law and that agencies submit proposals for review under the Congressional Review Act but rarely get congressional input.
Now Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) puts forth “Divest D.C.” to relocate federal jobs outside the District. This just demonstrates ignorance of how federal agencies operate. There are regional and local offices for every federal agency. At the EPA, our 10 regional offices are each led by a Senate-confirmed administrator. The bulk of EPA resources go out to the regions and states via grant programs. If members of Congress researched the agencies they oversee, they would see how ludicrous and pandering such a proposal is.
Phyllis Anderson, Chevy Chase
Congress has enough to work on without fighting over whose district would host a federal agency to boost local economies and employment per Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) suggestion to move federal agencies out of the District.
Let’s keep agencies where they are and let Congress focus on real problems. If anything, maybe return more of the District to Maryland and Virginia, where a more viable tax base could serve more constituent needs.