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Questions Mount as Longtime Temps Run U.S. Land, Park Agencies

April 3, 2020, 6:59 PM

The chiefs of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service will keep their temporary posts for at least one more month, raising questions about the legality of continually extending their placeholder appointments.

William Perry Pendley, who has been acting as BLM director since last July, and David Vela, who has been acting as the NPS director since October, will continue in those positions until May 5, according to an order signed Friday by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

Bernhardt’s previous delegations of authority have usually granted stints of three months each, not just one. The Interior Department did...

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