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Counselor for the Bureau of Land Management

Cally Younger joined the Department of Interior in August 2017 as Counselor for the Bureau of Land Management.

Before joining the Department of the Interior, attorney Cally Younger “served as counsel to Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter of Idaho.” From September 2012 to December 2013, Younger served as Legal Counsel and Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, and beginning in January 2014 she served as General Counsel in the Office of Governor. Younger was also appointed by the governor to serve as the Idaho’s public records ombudsman “to review state agencies’ policies on public records.” She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University and a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 10/10/17, LinkedIn Profile for Cally Younger, accessed 10/25/17, and “Governor’s ombudsman order had last minute tweaks,” Associated Press State & Local, 05/18/14]

Background Information

Previous Employers

Office of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

Other Information

Cally Younger represented the state of Idaho when it challenged “the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture’s plan to protect the greater sage grouse in the state” and has criticized the sage-grouse land use planning effort.

Idaho “alleged the agencies amended 64 land-use plans behind closed doors and unlawfully withdrew 3.8 million acres of land as part of the effort.” In a co-authored article in the Idaho Law Review, Younger called “the sage-grouse land use planning effort across the western United States” “unprecedented,” saying it “ended with distrust and failed promises.” [Juan Carlos Rodriguez, “Idaho Loses Protest Over Sage Grouse Habitat Plan,” Law360, 01/06/17, and Cally Younger and Sam Eaton, “Lessons Learned from the Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Planning Effort,” Idaho Law Review, 2017]

 

The Idaho Press-Tribune criticized Cally Younger after some, but not all, applications for two open Idaho Board of Education seats were destroyed under her watch as Idaho’s public records ombudsman.

 

In 2014, some of the applications for the Idaho Board of Education were destroyed. Younger claimed that the applications were destroyed “because they contained sensitive personal information,” but some applications “were released with the personal information redacted,” while others “were shredded.”

The Idaho Press-Tribune argued that the public had “a right to know who was rejected for those positions and to be able to compare the resumes of those who were turned down with those who were accepted and question whether the ‘best’ choices were made.” Transparency was “supposed to be the whole point of Otter’s appointing Younger to serve as open-records ombudsman,” the Press-Tribune opined. [Editorial, “State should not destroy applications for boards,” Idaho Press-Tribune, 07/30/14]

Cally Younger argued for blocking federal “guidelines designed to protect transgender students’ rights.”

Younger authored an amicus brief on behalf of Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in which she urged “a federal court to put the brakes on guidelines designed to protect transgender students’ rights.” A reporter criticized Younger for “greatly misstat[ing] the potential fiscal impact of the federal policies” in her brief.

Younger argued that “the federal guidelines ‘threaten loss of all federal education funding for every school district in the country,'” and that “transgender student policies are best addressed at the district level, by elected trustees who stand before local voters.'” She continued, “‘While school districts in Idaho are capable of adequately addressing the needs of transgender students, they are not necessarily capable of making substantial changes to existing facilities that would be required under this guidance to ensure that all students’ privacy is protected.'” [Kevin Richert, “Idaho Filing Misstates Financial Impact Of Transgender Policies,” Idaho Ed News, 07/25/16]

Cally Younger “liked” a Facebook photo shared by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, which he claimed “perfectly encapsulated the Left.” The photo showed two women, one wearing a shirt that read “I [Heart] Islam” and one holding a sign that read, “I Will Not Stand 4 Misogyny.” Its caption read, “IRONY ALERT!”

Cally Younger “liked” a Facebook photo shared by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, which he claimed “perfectly encapsulated the Left.” The photo showed two women, one wearing a shirt that read “I [Heart] Islam” and one holding a sign that read, “I Will Not Stand 4 Misogyny.” The original caption read, “IRONY ALERT!”

[Facebook Posts Liked by Cally Younger, accessed 10/25/17, and Facebook Post by Ben Shapiro, 06/02/16, accessed 10/25/17]