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Trump Draining the Swamp, One Agency at a Time

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Is this delicious or what? The denizens of DC who have been lording over the West land management don't want to actually live in the West. For a variety of reasons, it is claimed many might quite rather than move out West, closer to the lands they "manage" and the great unwashed masses in flyover country. 

 

Boo frickin' hoo

 

Opponents warn of staff exodus as US breaks up lands bureau

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration’s plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country’s public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West.

 

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt defended the move Friday. Opponents have projected that the number of Bureau of Land Management staffers agreeing to move from headquarters could be as low as 15%, which Bernhardt said was “not consistent with what I’ve seen.”

 

Speaking at a Las Vegas conference on Colorado River water supplies, Bernhardt said he did not immediately have firmer figures, however.

 

“A year from now ... you’re going to find out that it worked really well,” Bernhardt told reporters.

 

The Trump administration says the plan will save taxpayers millions of dollars, lead to better, faster decisions and trim a “top heavy” office in Washington. Moving the bureau out of Washington is a long-cherished goal of Western state politicians who cite the preponderance of public lands in their part of the country and their lack of access to decision-makers.

 

The deadline for most staffers to notify the land bureau, which is overseen by the Interior Department, whether they intended to move was Thursday. But the bureau had not yet compiled a count for how many staffers had so far agreed to relocate, spokesman Derrick Henry said.

 

The bureau oversees about 388,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) of public lands, the vast majority of it in the U.S. West. It issues permits for oil and gas drilling, mining and ranching, manages outdoor recreation and enforces environmental protections.

 

Bernhardt has called for about 300 positions to be switched from Washington to other offices in 11 Western states, including Nevada, Arizona and Utah. About 25 will be going to the new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

 

“What we’re going to see here is an incredible group of people,” Bernhardt said, citing the quality of resumes the bureau was getting for jobs opening in Grand Junction. “Some people will come. Some won’t come.”

 

Several Democratic lawmakers and an organization of former land bureau employees, the Public Lands Foundation, are among those opposing the move. They argue that breaking up and moving the bureau’s headquarters staff across the American West would mean losing some of its most experienced employees.

 

”I think, frankly, it’s going to cripple the bureau for a long time,” said Henri Bisson, a former deputy director for the agency.

With fewer career staffers in Washington to weigh in on management of federal lands, “it will result in decisions that are more political than they are resource-based,” Bisson said.

 

Employees who agree to move have 120 days to report to their new posts. Bisson and other former bureau officials who are talking to employees said it appears the majority of reassigned staffers will leave instead.

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2 mins ago, patchyfog said:

all agencies the swamp?

 

Every Federal Agency is The Swamp.  

 

Some worse than others.   Anything actually based in DC is swampier.  

 

Local control >>>> Federal control is almost every instance.

 

 

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2 hours ago, patchyfog said:

Why do you call BLM the swamp? Or are all agencies the swamp?

 

2 hours ago, 55555s said:

 

Every Federal Agency is The Swamp.  

 

Some worse than others.   Anything actually based in DC is swampier.  

 

Local control >>>> Federal control is almost every instance.

Location is everything. DC was built on an actual swamp. People who spend their careers working in the federal hive are swamp creatures. 

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Trump has done nothing to "drain" the swamp he has just filled the head positions with ex corporate folks who hate regulations and fight for their corporate interests. You know......................  winning.

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Live close to the land you manage?  What a freakin' idea!  I wouldn't worry about "brain drain" if those people think staying close to DC (and free lobbyist perks) is a good idea.

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3 mins ago, MikeM58 said:

Live close to the land you manage?  What a freakin' idea!  I wouldn't worry about "brain drain" if those people think staying close to DC (and free lobbyist perks) is a good idea.

But it is more than that, something Stone will not understand. 

 

If you live in the DV/VA/MD area, you life in communities with other USG employees and you tend to all experience the same things and think the same way.

 

Federal government is good.

Federal control is good.

More government is good government. 

The people don’t know what is good for them. 

 

By taking these employees out of the Swamp, and “forcing” them to mingle with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and views, they might actually think differently, which is not a bad thing. 

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9 mins ago, tomkaz said:

But it is more than that, something Stone will not understand. 

 

If you live in the DV/VA/MD area, you life in communities with other USG employees and you tend to all experience the same things and think the same way.

 

Federal government is good.

Federal control is good.

More government is good government. 

The people don’t know what is good for them. 

 

By taking these employees out of the Swamp, and “forcing” them to mingle with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and views, they might actually think differently, which is not a bad thing. 

I'm curious as to when you lived in those DV/VA/MD areas and worked alongside those employees to form such an opinion.

The wealthy area of CT and the no income/estate tax state you are in must have given you amazing insight into a DoS Foreign Service Officers mindset.

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2 mins ago, Gotcow? said:

Unless they are retiring I bet they will reluctantly move as not to lose their cushy overpaid government job.

Probably not.

Only the younger employees will uproot. Many DC couples are both employed by the USG, in different agencies, have kids in school here, friends, and family in the area,  and will stay.

I think I read where 11 out of 250 are willing to move west.

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