Senior officials in the Trump administration confirmed that most of the Department of Land Management will be moved out of Washington D.C. by the end of the year under the Interior Department’s new reorganization plan.
The Washington Post reported that Interior assistant secretary Joe Balash sent a 17-page letter to members of Congress detailing the plan to move 84% of the department west of the Rockies. Colorado will receive 85 reassigned positions, the most of any state.
Officials are looking to relocate staffers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, but the department has not done as comprehensive an analysis of those moves.
The proposal is to move 300 employees from a “key Interior Department agency, among them the majority of top managers,” according to the Stars and Stripes.
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) president Thom Dammrich welcomed the news.
“Reorganizing and streamlining the Bureau of Land Management in a manner that will make the agency more effective at managing our public lands, including many top outdoor recreation areas, is a laudable undertaking,” Dammrich told Trade Only Today in an email. “We will continue to monitor BLM’s restructuring as more details unfold and work with the administration to ensure the outdoor recreation community’s needs are addressed in this effort.”
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