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BLM: Administration’s HQ plan moves forward, but employee pushback is growing

The administration’s plan to scatter almost most of the Bureau of Land Management’s D.C.-based several hundred employees to the nation’s interior is on the verge of being implemented this month—but a new report on GovExec.com details significant pushback against the move.

A number of employees anonymously consulted for the news story vowed they will leave the agency for other jobs—and sharply criticized BLM’s clumsy implementation of what many perceived as a poor decision in the first place. Most employees have family in the capital area, citing the near-impossibility of having to move over 1000 miles away and suddenly dropping the care of aging parents or other family obligations.

The article notes that management-directed relocation orders will be issued soon— permanently moving BLM headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo., along with hundreds of employees there and to several other locations in the western states.

The Trump administration has said the plan will place more of the policy staff closer to the lands the agency manages, while critics—including labor as well as lawmakers, including some of the president’s own party, are concerned the plan will make it more difficult for Congress to provide strong oversight.

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