Federal News Radio: GAO may weigh in on DOI’s temporary filling of political positions

“In February, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) urged Interior’s Office of the Inspector General to look into what it considered “blatant violations of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.”

“… took issue with the agency’s appointment of Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Greg Sheehan, National Park Service acting Director Daniel and the Bureau of Land Management’s Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed.”

“In its original complaint to the OIG, PEER argued that appointing the acting officials ran afoul of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, “which prevents the President from circumventing the constitutional advice and consent role of the U.S. Senate…””

“We are inclined to think that GAO is in the best position to determine whether such an authority appears to be valid,” Bruce Delaplaine, the OIG’s General Counsel, told…” Read the full article here.

Source: GAO may weigh in on Zinke’s temporary filling of political positions – By Jory Heckman, September 14, 2018. Federal News Radio.

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