Executive Orders

The Executive Branch of the American Government System maintains a privilege whereby Executive Orders (EOs) may be issued to direct Executive Agency functions, fill technical gaps, or address policies not contemplated by Congressional Mandate.

Executive Orders are not law;  their rightful scope simply administrates statutory mandates enacted by the US Congress.

Recent Administrations have attempted to poach Article I, Section I Constitutional powers through the EO process, ceding to themselves authority where none exists.  This process has vastly expanded the visible scope  of Executive-Agency powers, and in many cases Federal Agencies do not possess the authority they espouse.  Similarly, because Courts don’t make law, Court decisions, Rulings and Edicts absent of Congressional approval may not constitute authority sufficient for Major Actions to proceed.

When a Federal Agency proposes Major Action in jurisdictions governed by KNRC Member Counties, our research team first conducts a Consistency Assessment to determine if the Proposal is in keeping with foundational Congressional statutes and mandates.  If the Scope of the Action proves consistent with Statutory Authorities, the next step is to review Executive Orders requiring Federal Agencies to Coordinate with each KNRC County; we then assess Environmental Impact Statements, review Cost-Benefit Analysis, and ensure that other study requirements have been fulfilled.  Finally, the Constancy Assessment will determine if the proposal meets National Environmental Policy Act mandates protecting human systems, industry, the economy, agriculture and local culture.

KNRC has observed Agency personnel are often ignorant of Statutory requirements for the Proposals they forward, typically relying on Policy Manuals, Memoranda, Letters and similar transitory documents produced at the local level – documents that may not be consistent with law.

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