Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley

Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley.

The director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management might stay in Washington, D.C., even though the Trump administration says it will move BLM headquarters to Colorado.

About 60 agency employees will stay in the capital when 300 others move to 11 Western states, including 27 moving to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley told the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

Asked if that would create a leadership vacuum in Washington, Pendley replied: "I'll be here."

He didn't elaborate, and it wasn't clear whether the next permanent director will move to Colorado.

Lawmakers didn't question him further on where he would work, and administration officials didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Pendley said moving the headquarters west would leader to faster, better decisions. The bureau oversees nearly 388,000 square miles of public land, 99% of it in 12 Western states.

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