USDA Continues Controversial Call-Backs of Furloughed Employees

From: GovExec

“In a sign that resistance to such early call-backs continues, the nonprofit advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Tuesday sent a complaint to Congress’s Government Accountability Office asking it to investigate the Interior Department’s recent recall of specified employees who are furloughed.

What PEER calls “non-emergency work” addressed by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt with a recall include those who “process oil and gas drilling permits and prepare environmental analyses for expanded hunting in national wildlife refuges, among other tasks that fall outside the shutdown law’s exception for cases of emergency involving the safety of human life or the protection of property,” PEER wrote. It called the call-backs “in potential violation” of the Anti-Deficiency Act.”

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