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Report: Interior Department Gives Workers A Month To Relocate Out West Or Risk Getting Fired

The Trump administration reportedly notified hundreds of Interior Department employees Tuesday that they will have 30 days to relocate to western states or face the potential of job terminations. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is relocating 27 employees from Washington, D.C., to the agency’s new headquarters in Colorado and another 220 to field offices out West, Government Executive (GE) ...

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Interior Department To Ground Chinese-Made Drones Amid Review

All drones used by the Interior Department that were manufactured in China or were made with Chinese parts will be grounded, the department announced Wednesday. The department will ground more than 800 drones until its review of potential national security risks is completed, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt. “Secretary Bernhardt is reviewing the Department ...

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IG Launches Ethics Investigations Into Six Senior Interior Department Staff

The Inspector General for the Department of the Interior is investigating ethics complaints made against six senior staff members at the department, CNN reports. The nonpartisan watchdog Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint to the Interior IG in February alleging six senior DOI executives violated ethics rules by working on projects that could potentially benefit their former clients or ...

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Democrats Start First Ethics Investigation Against Trump Interior Chief Days After Confirmation

The Department of the Interior’s inspector general launched an investigation Monday into Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over possible ethics violations, The Washington Examiner reports. The Senate voted 56 to 41 on March 11 to confirm Bernhardt to the position of Interior secretary over the calls of Democrats who said that the then-nominee had too many ethical questions surrounding him to ...

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Senate Confirms David Bernhardt As Next Interior Secretary

The Senate voted 56 to 41 to confirm David Bernhardt as the next secretary of the Interior Thursday despite Democrats’ attempts to postpone the process. Bernhardt passed a procedural vote Wednesday night, an indicator of how the eventual vote would stand, with 56 votes in favor and 41 against.  Several Democrats joined Republicans in supporting President Donald Trump’s nominee to ...

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Senate Energy Committee Approves Trump’s Pick To Lead Interior

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to move David Bernhardt’s nomination to lead the Interior Department in front of the full Senate Thursday morning. The committee approved Bernhardt’s nomination in a 14 to 6 vote despite concerns by some Democrats. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Independent Sen. Angus King ...

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Feds Offer $1000 To Adopt Wild Horses Because They Can’t Cull Them

The Department of the Interior is offering up to $1,000 to people willing to adopt a wild horse or burro, according to a press release. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which runs the federal government’s wild horse and burro adoption program, launched the new incentive program March 12. “The goal of the program is to reduce BLM’s recurring costs ...

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Trump’s Interior Department Is Scrapping Federal Protections On The Gray Wolf

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is expected to propose rolling back federal protections on gray wolf populations in the contiguous United States in the coming days, the Associated Press reports. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt broke the news Wednesday in a speech at a wildlife and natural resources conference in Denver, Colo. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will ...

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Zinke’s Opponents Fear His Replacement Will Be Even More Effective

Critics of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke worry that Zinke’s recently announced resignation will leave his department governed by a more efficient and less-publicized technocrat. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will lead the Department of the Interior (DOI) after Zinke departs at the end of the year. Bernhardt is known to be hard working and has years of experience navigating the ...

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Meet The Man Likely To Replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

President Donald Trump will likely name David Bernhardt, the current number-two official at the Department of the Interior, as acting secretary until a full-time replacement can be found. One source close to the Trump administration said Bernhardt would be a likely pick, and Politico reported in October that Zinke appeared “to be laying the groundwork to hand the reins to ...

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Step Down

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving his position in the Trump cabinet by the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning. Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I ...

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