Interior Threatens to Relocate Employees Without Incentive Payments If Congress Withholds Funding

Government Executive: As Congress appears poised to pass spending measures for fiscal 2020 without appropriating any money for the Interior Department’s reorganization and relocations, the Trump administration said it would ship out employees anyway and withhold incentive payments as a result of the lack of new funding.

A panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a spending bill for Interior and other agencies that would not provide new funding for the department’s planned relocation of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C., to Colorado, according to one of the subcommittee’s leaders. The bill follows a House-backed bill that contains a provision to block the relocation from moving forward.

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