LOS ANGELES (AP) — Government officials say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has mishandled a mandate to exchange land with the states of California and Washington.
The Government Accountability Office report released Monday says the BLM has been selling some properties and purchasing others, rather than completing the straightforward trades they’re permitted to perform.READ MORE: Airlines, Aviation Unions Call For Harsher Penalties For Unruly Passengers
It says that doing so circumvented the U.S. Congress’ authority, since it bought land outside of Congress’ appropriations process.READ MORE: Hermosa Beach Officials Cracking Down On Unruly Parties, Public Intoxication, Underage Drinking This July 4 Holiday
The GAO also says the agency may have missed out on revenue by directly selling land to interested buyers instead of putting it out to competitive bid.
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