The USDA is moving 547 researcher jobs to Kansas City — and only 145 of the existing jobholders were willing to relocate:
The agriculture department has argued that moving to Kansas City will put researchers closer to farmers and drastically reduce expenses given the Midwest’s relatively lower cost of living.
But many scientists — including the Union of Concerned Scientists — suspect that USDA’s relocation is meant to diminish USDA research.
The Milwaukee-based Agricultural and Applied Economic Association predicted the move could cost U.S. taxpayers upward of $182 million in lost productivity and research capacity.
And Tuesday’s letter from Democrats claims that it could take as long as two years to build out new office space in Kansas City.
Hundreds of Bureau of Land Management jobs are being moved to Colorado and other offices in the West. Senator Cory Gardner, who is in big trouble in what’s now at least a purple, if not blue state, pushed for that. The last BLM move didn’t go so well:
“The agency did not comply with legal requirements; ignored regulatory guidance; and had no documented plan, methodology, or real business case that justified their actions,” the [BLM executive] organization said at the time.
Just more disruption and stupidity running under the radar of Trump’s noise making machinery. I wonder what else they will fuck up in the next year and a half.