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THE TRUTH #15 – FOIA documents include a report by BLM’s Lili Thomas on problems with wild horse long term holding facility contracts and a “management crisis for 33,000 wild horses in long term pastures.”
Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, received FOIA documents that include an email from Lili Thomas, the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for the BLM’s wild horse long term holding facilities, stating that there were “problems going on with these contracts.”
In the report titled “Current Status of Long Term Pasture Contracts” prepared by Lili Thomas, it states:
“Several conference calls were held in the spring of 2013 between Danny Lavergne (Contracting Officer who is with the NOC) Zach Reichold (Senior Wild Horse & Burro Specialist in Washington) Holle Hooks (Wild Horse & Burro Budget in Washington) and Lili Thomas (Contracting Officer’s Representative, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist, Reno, NV). These calls were to work out how the program could accomodate the legal requirements under the Anti-Deficiency Act.”
(The abbreviation “NOC” above refers to the BLM’s National Operations Center and the abbreviation LTP below refers to Long Term Pastures)
Lili Thomas described the issue as:
“At this time we still have not issued a new solicitation for LTP contracts and the 6 month extension will expire on March 31, 2013…Once that extension is up the Program will need to remove the horses, since the BLM will no longer have a contract with these ranches. (Approximately 28,000 wild horses are affected by the new solicitation that is still needed).”
“Conflicts and infighting between the NOC, Washington Office along with WO260 Program management not making decisions regarding these contracts has produced a crisis for the Program with these contracts.”
Read the rest of this article and see the FOIA documents HERE.
(Note: The BLM does NOT put wild burros in long term holding facilities. Please be sure to ask the BLM why they don’t put wild burros in long term holding facilities.)
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