Trump administration under fire for tapping temporary directors to head key Interior agencies

National Park Service acting director Mike Reynolds, left, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

National Park Service acting director Mike Reynolds, left, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke address Park Service employees at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. A watchdog group has accused the Interior Department of illegally relying on temporary agency directors. Reynolds, for instance, served 386 days in an acting capacity, even though the law says the maximum tenure is only 300 days. Felicia Fonseca AP

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is violating federal law and circumventing the advise-and-consent role of the Senate by relying on temporary directors to head agencies such as the National Park Service, an environmental group alleged Monday. In a complaint filed with the Interior Department’s Inspector General, the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged that…

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