Senior BLM land appraiser removed
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The Bureau of Land Management's chief appraiser has been relieved of his duties in the wake of a scandal over how land swaps in the West have been handled.

David Cavanaugh was the target of criticism in a report by a Congressionally-supported standards group. The Appraisal Foundation said the BLM orchestrated questionable land deals and potentially violated the law.

The report called for the BLM to be stripped of its appraisal duties and handed to an independent entity.

Get the Story:
Key BLM Appraiser in Utah Deals Transferred (The Salt Lake Tribune 10/18)

Relevant Documents:
Appraisal Foundation Report (August 2002) | BLM Response (October 2002)

Relevant Links:
Appraisal Foundation -

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