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“Interior: Bernhardt Signs Order Keeping Pendley As Acting BLM Chief”

“William Perry Pendley will continue his stint as acting chief of the Bureau of Land Management through April 3.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today signed an amended secretarial order that allows Pendley to continue “Exercising Authority of the Director” for another 90 days.

Bernhardt originally granted Pendley, who is also BLM's deputy director of policy and programs, the authority to perform the duties of the director on an acting basis back in July. The secretary signed a second order extending Pendley's tenure as acting director on Sept. 30 (Greenwire, Oct. 1, 2019).

Today's order also extends the term of Katharine MacGregor as acting Interior deputy secretary, pending her expected Senate confirmation to the position.”

Scott Streater reports for Greenwire January 2, 2020.


“Interior Secretary Extends The Tenure Of Federal Lands Chief — Without Nominating Him” (Washington Post)