“The Trump administration has gone three years without a Senate-confirmed director of the National Park Service and filled many jobs with ‘acting’ positions, a practice that Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility claims has created a ‘leadership vacuum’ in the agency.
While former Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela had been nominated in 2018 by President Trump to be the Park Service director, the full Senate never voted on the nomination. Since then Interior has designated deputy directors to essentially serve as de facto Park Service director.
On top of that void, PEER says two-thirds of the top NPS slots lack a permanent official — ‘an unprecedented leadership vacuum.'”
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