James Conaway explores the reasons behind the Trump administration’s decision to relocate senior Bureau of Land Management officials to Grand Junction, Colorado. The administration’s rationale argues that the officials need to be closer to the land that they manage. Conaway is skeptical.
“This administration just doesn’t want us handy to [a] Congress that often needs clarification of laws and advice in drafting and voting for or against new ones,” according to a federal employee who works closely with BLM staffers on any of the same issues and was understandably reluctant to be named. “Getting us out of Washington is a way to limit real professional advice going to elected officials by isolating us in the wide open and mostly empty spaces.” He pointed out that the same things is happening in the Agricultural Department, “with more to come.”