According to the Interior Department, officials are scouting a new location for BLM headquarters nearer the terrain it manages: 388,000 square miles, 99 percent of which can be found in a dozen Western states. Look for an announcement in September that Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, or Utah will play host to the new HQ. The move represents one facet of a department-wide reorganization. Twelve new unified regions will come from consolidating 49 regional boundaries of the existing eight sub-agencies. In May, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt asked Congress for $10.5 million to carry out the restructuring. Another Washington-based agency â€“ the US Geological Survey â€“ may likewise venture westward with Denver as its new home. The nationâ€™s largest water, earth, and biological science agency works with federal, state, and local entities along with universities and private industry to monitor earthquakes, publish maps, and collect scientific data.
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