Group Says Vela’s Reassignment Illegal

From: Jackson Hole News & Guide

“A federal government watchdog group is challenging the legality of David Vela’s reassignment to the National Park Service’s acting deputy director of operations role in Washington, D.C. Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park since 2014, Vela was nominated to direct the Park Service last summer, but the U.S. Senate never confirmed him, and he has not been renominated under the new Congress. Longtime Park Service employee Dan Smith, another deputy director who has been “exercising the authority of director,” announced Vela’s reassignment to the deputy job. The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is arguing that Smith lacks the authority to appoint Vela.”

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