Bureau of Land Management To Move To Colorado

Bureau of Land Management To Move To Colorado

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The Trump administration plans to relocate the Bureau Of Land Management headquarters from Washington to Grand Junction, Colorado. But, in the wake of similar relocations at USDA, many are skeptical.

Republican lawmakers say moving more than 320 BLM staff from the nation's capital will help them better serve the American people. Administration officials agree—saying the Department Of The Interior plans to use 5.6 million dollars in federal funds to support moving employees either to a new national headquarters in Grand Junction, CO or to other offices across the west.

While advocates say more high-level staff in the field will provide accountability and lead to cost savings, detractors suspect other motives behind the move. congresswoman hoping to block the movement of two USDA offices from Washington says this is part of a pattern that will lead to an unnecessary loss of institutional knowledge from federal agencies. Especially given that BLM employees based in DC tend to work directly with policymakers.

Though William Perry Pendley, the Bureau of Land Management's Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, says some BLM functions will remain in DC, critics also pointed to a similar move made in the 90's, when BLM shifted staff to Boise, Idaho, and ended up moving employees back shortly after. Experts say this creates a lot of uncertainty for BLM employees.

Pendley says employees will be notified this week whether or not their position has been relocated. E&E News reports there are plans to begin moving employees to their new areas as soon as October 1st.

Report By: Sarah Mock

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