On June 13, 2011, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste. As part of that campaign, the Administration is seeking to eliminate a multitude of websites the government now maintains.  Both the President and Vice President singled out a website dedicated to the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) – a species native to the southwest and listed (pdf) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act — as one example of the type of government waste they intend to eliminate.  The media has reported frustration in response to the Administrations focus; one article on the topic noted that “the talk has irritated some scientists and environmentalists” (The Press Enterprise, June 15, by David Danelski and Ben Goad).