The Department of the Interior is relocating hundreds of employees of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. throughout the western United States, and some of the bureaucrats aren’t happy to be moved from the capital.
The relocations of around 250 federal employees are mandatory. Selected BLM bureaucrats who decline to relocate closer to the great expanses of federal land the agency administers will be placed into removal proceedings.
The employees are slated to be moved to a new BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and various field offices throughout the western United States.
Critics of the federal bureaucracy have increasingly called for the federal government to more evenly distribute the D.C. federal workforce throughout the country in recent years.
Sources describe the BLM workforce as reluctant to consider moving closer to the federal lands the agency administers as leadership seeks to direct them to. It’s unclear why the Land Management employees don’t want to move to the states most crucial to their agency’s daily operations, such as Arizona or Colorado.
Department of the Interior employees have pushed back on attempts to distribute the department’s workforce evenly in the past, preferring a model that would quarter the entity responsible for managing federal lands squarely in Washington, D.C.
The BLM has become somewhat of a controversial federal agency in recent years, in part because of dramatic “standoff” feuds with ranchers and rural Americans who object to what they see as encroaching attempts by the distant agency to dictate over and control their behavior.
If the Bureau of Land Management is unable to move the workforce into the western U.S. in order to better serve the citizens most prevalently affected by its operations, it’s likely that the agency would be able to find many qualified applicants for open positions who already reside in (and love) the western states in question.
Married Lincoln Project Co-Founder John Weaver Accused of Grooming Young Men, Offering Jobs for Sex
Well this isn’t a good look.
John Weaver, political consultant and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, has been accused of being a sexual predator who targeted young men.
Conservative author and political commentator Ryan Girdusky piqued curiosity and set off widespread speculation after tweeting late Saturday afternoon that “one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project [offered] jobs to young men in exchange for sex,” adding that “his wife is probably interested” to hear about the allegations.
Maybe I should start talking about one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project offering jobs to young men in exchange for sex… his wife is probably interested https://t.co/vAtUS9aPPl
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) January 9, 2021
Although Girdusky did not post screenshots of Weaver’s predatory actions himself, saying he “worked with journalists and reached out to victims asking for them to speak up because it was their story, not mine,” several others spoke up about what they experienced and heard.
Twitter user @JoshPri68522288 was one of the first to speak up, tweeting that “I know who did it, because they did it to me. It was John Weaver.”
@_liberalproject also said that “Weaver used to follow me when I used my real name on here. Out of the blue he DM’d being pushy with personal questions and trying to flirt with me. After I didn’t go along with it, he unfollowed me and never DM’d me since.”
(Screenshots courtesy of @lib_crusher.)
News of the impending allegations was also retweeted by Donald Trump Jr.
The longest Twitter thread on the accusations came from journalist Scott Stedman, who started a Twitter thread that begins as follows: “I don’t want to feed into Don Jr’s nonsense but I do want to tell a story. I followed John Weaver when I started my Twitter account. We exchanged messages, I sent him my stories, chatted about Russia, etc. He wrote a blurb for my book. He offered me some sort of “joint venture” which I wasn’t interested in, so I didn’t respond to his calls.”
Stedman continues: “One day, he DM’d me and said he had ‘advice’. He then proceeded to tell me how ‘hot’ I looked and commented on my profile picture and my hair. He started calling me ‘my boy’. I found it deeply uncomfortable.”
“What he said to me pales in comparison to others with whom Weaver communicated and countless others who have experienced much worse from people in power,” Stedman said.
And there could be much more where that came from…
For those asking why speaking up about this now: There are others, including some who reached out to me in recent days. Many many many many others, some afraid to say anything.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
Neither The Lincoln Project nor it’s leadership have publicly commented on the accusations yet, including Weaver himself.
Stay tuned as this story develops.
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