Bullock sues to boot controversial public lands bureau director as he awaits confirmation

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“The controversial acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, is facing another lawsuit challenging his service as he awaits Senate confirmation.

A Monday suit, filed in Montana Gov. Steve Bullock‘s (D) capacity as governor, challenges Pendley’s authority, arguing federal law prohibits acting directors from serving while their nomination is pending.

The Montana suit follows another filed by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds Project over the continued temporary appointments — something they argued violates the Federal Vacancies Reform Act by keeping Pendley in his post beyond 210 days.”

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