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Bureau Of Land Management Move Won't Include Director

Sep 10, 2019


The director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management may stay in Washington even though the Trump administration says it will move the agency's headquarters to Colorado…


Acting Bureau of Land Management director William Perry Pendley told the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday he would be among about 60 agency employees staying in the nation’s capital when 300 others move to 11 Western states, including 27 to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Asked if that would create a leadership vacuum in Washington, Pendley replied: "I'll be here."


He didn't elaborate, and it wasn't clear whether the next permanent director would move to Colorado.


Pendley said moving the headquarters West would lead to faster, better decisions. The bureau oversees nearly 388,000 square miles of public land, 99% of it in 12 Western states.