Laramie, Wy – Right now it's not possible to tell if the Endangered Species Act works. That's in a report from the Government Accountability Office the congressional watchdog. The report says the agencies in charge of the Act do not provide enough information about recovery efforts. The G-A-O's director of Natural Resources and Environment, Robin Nazarro, says primarily there needs to be an estimate of the time and cost of recovering a species. And until then they won't be able to tell if the Endangered Species Act is an effective way to save animals and plants.
The report says that Congress does not need to change federal law to get this information, the agencies just have to provide it, even if it is vague. Senator Craig Thomas is one of the people that asked for this report.