In today's Newsminer, Bonnie Williams, BOF member, included this in part of her op-ed:
"When the information we are provided has been selected to predetermine our decisions, we cannot fulfill our responsibility. It is critical that the board receive only truth, and the full truth. Most staff make a best effort to give us that.
Some staff, unfortunately, tailor things, attempting to engineer outcomes rather than to fully inform. Once alerted, I found myself in a constant dilemma, in which I wondered, each time this individual gave a report to us, whether I should believe a single word I was hearing."
Not sure how prevalent this above line of thinking is among BOF members. I couldn't really tell from the example (on eastern Stellar sea lions) Bonnie gave whether she is upset with federal staff, state staff, or just what agency staff is not giving truthful reports in her opinion. Pretty interesting to include that in the piece I thought.