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Analysis: Reported NPS senior management shifts brings memories of past attempts to control agency

President Trump reportedly favors chaos as a managerial tool, and proposed personnel changes at the National Park Service not only would insert that element into the agency's upper echelon, but also be reminiscent of past efforts to gain political control over the beloved agency.

Ironically, there is one player central to the Reagan administration's efforts to gain control over the Park Service more than three decades ago and the current move by the Interior Department to move top-level managers to lesser offices: P. Daniel Smith, currently the Park Service's de facto director.


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