An examiner in Spokane, Washington, has published a new definition for the word “examiner,” the newspaper said.
The Washington State Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday that it is using the term to describe a person who investigates, reports and interprets government data.
The bureau has been using the word in reference to those with specialized skills in the area of government data and analysis.
“I think the use of the term ‘examiner’ is an important tool to use in the public discourse to help identify and address what government employees do and are doing that’s vital to the public’s confidence in the integrity of our government,” the bureau’s general counsel, David J. Bunn, said in a statement.
He said the bureau is not currently using the “examiners” moniker in any public documents.
Bunn added that he would like to see the word used more often.
In the past, the bureau has used the term “examiners” to refer to those who investigate government agencies.
At the same time, the Washington state bureau’s use of “examine” in reference a person has led some critics to suggest the bureau doesn’t have the authority to define its own term.
There have been other controversies surrounding the bureau, including the bureau itself and the Bureau of Land Management, which has been criticized for its treatment of endangered species.
Federal regulators are looking into the bureau over whether it misused its authority.
If the bureau does not act quickly, the federal agency could revoke the state bureau status, Bunn said.