Report: BLM acting chief continues controversial role
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 03, 2020
The Bureau of Land Management continues to be led by a deputy—an arrangement likely to endure, as the current White House for a third year in a row has yet to appoint a permanent nominee for director of the agency, according to the Washington Post.
The Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, acted Dec. 31 to extend the term of William Perry Pendley, the deputy director for policy and planning at BLM who acts as its effective chief.
Pendley’s leadership is controversial, the article noted, not only due to his long-term acting status—enabling him to avoid facing a possibly difficult Senate confirmation. It is also roiled in debate because of Pendley’s acceleration of oil and gas leases on public lands and resulting pushback from environmentalist organizations—as well as presiding over the beginnings of an abrupt and much-disputed move of at least 300 federal employees from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, Colo.
The American Federation of Government Employees, representing affected feds, has continued to object to the move since well before the official announcement of the move.