From the Document: "The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. [...] We reviewed the actions the Bureau has taken to protect its employees, volunteers, and the visiting public during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. [...] The pandemic presented BLM with unique challenges for its recreation program, and we acknowledge that the BLM took various actions at its recreation management areas to address the rapid spread of COVID-19 such as developing guidance, adjusting practices, and coordinating with local governments and other land management agencies. However, as described below, we also identified various ways in which the BLM's actions could have been improved. In particular, BLM State and field offices reported problems with receiving timely and complete guidance and communication from BLM headquarters. Further, BLM officials stated that public messaging regarding COVID-19, such as news releases and safety information, was not always timely because of delayed approvals from BLM headquarters."
Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, Report No. 2020-CR-063