Comments, Letters, & Testimony to Agencies

The Member Scholars and staff of the Center for Progressive Reform often communicate with federal and state agencies, testifying, filing comments on proposed regulations, or bringing important matters to their attention with letters or other means of communication.

All such communications since 2011 are listed on this page. For testimony or other communications with Congress, visit this page
Communication with Agencies (Letters, Comments and Testimony) from CPR Member Scholars and staff:
Letter to USDA Calling for Aid to Farmers Impacted by COVID-19

CPR joined more than 750 organizations in a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the agency to allocate $9.5 billion appropriated for farmers in the CARES Act to local producers rather than corporate agribusiness.

Type: Letters to Agencies (April 9, 2020)
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Author(s): Katie Tracy
Joint Letter on Extending Comment Periods During Coronavirus Emergency

CPR joined with 163 public interest organizations in signing a letter to OMB calling on it to direct executive branch agencies to hold open all active comment periods for pending rulemakings for as long as the Declaration of a National Emergency concerning the coronavirus remains in effect.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 19, 2020)
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CPR Letter to OMB Re Comment Extension During Coronavirus

In March 2020, with the full implications of the novel coronavirus just coming into view, CPR Member Scholars and staff wrote to the Office of Management and Budget calling on OMB to direct all executive branch agencies to hold open all active comment periods for their pending rulemakings as long as the COVID-19 declaration of national emergency remains in effect.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 18, 2020)
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Author(s): William Andreen, Rebecca Bratspies, Alejandro Camacho, Gilonne d'Origny, Michael C. Duff, Heather Elliott, David Flores, Alyson Flournoy, Bill Funk, Robert Glicksman, Carmen Gonzalez, James Goodwin, Michele Janin, Sarah Krakoff, Thomas McGarity, Darya Minovi, Joel Mintz, Dave Owen, Laurie Ristino, Matt Shudtz, Karen Sokol, Rena Steinzor, Steph Tai, Katie Tracy, Sandra Zellmer
Comments to SEC on Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers

Comments to SEC on Proposed Rule for Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. Joint letter from Daniel Farber, Richard Murphy and James Goodwin opposing an effort by the SEC to use the Congressional Review Act to justify issuing a weaker rule than what Congress called for in Dodd-Frank.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 16, 2020)
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Author(s): Daniel Farber, Richard Murphy, James Goodwin
Joint Letter to OMB on Civil Enforcement of Regulations

Comments from 14 CPR Member Scholars on the Trump administration’s attempt to further hamstring civil enforcement of agency regulations, and calling instead for strengthened enforcement.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 16, 2020)
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Joint Letter to Secretary of Labor re Coronavirus

CPR was one of 30 organizations writing in support of a petition from the AFL-CIO calling for an OSHA emergency temporary standard for infectious disease to address the Coronavirus epidemic. March 13, 2020.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 13, 2020)
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Joint Letter to MDE on Stormwater Permits and AFOs

CPR was one of 10 organizations calling for significant improvements in the state's stormwater permit program as it relates to industrial animal feeding operations (AFOs), December 26, 2019.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Dec. 26, 2019)
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Author(s): Matt Shudtz
Joint Letter to the President re Federal Advisory Committees

CPR joins 70+ organizations calling on the President to rescind an executive order arbitrarily reducing the number of federal advisory committees, October 4, 2019.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Oct. 4, 2019)
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Joint Letter to Fairfax County, Virginia, Commonwealth's Attorney re deadly worksite trench collapse

CPR’s Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy, and David Flores joined with 19 individuals and organizations calling on Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh to open a criminal investigation into a worksite trench collapse on July 23, 2019 in Fairfax County, Virginia, killing a teenager and injuring an adult male, August 19, 2019.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 19, 2019)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy, David Flores
Choose Clean Water Coalition Follow-Up Letter to EPA on Chesapeake Bay WIPs

CPR joined other members of the Choose Clean Water Coalition in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, taking it to task for failing to ensure that the Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) submitted by the Chesapeake Bay states were adequate to achieve the 2025 pollution-reduction goals. August 5, 2019. 

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 5, 2019)
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