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Never-confirmed Trump nominee to lead USNPS named acting deputy director instead

David Vela, once nominated to be director of the National Park Service but never confirmed by the Senate, is heading to Washington, D.C., just the same to serve as the agency's acting deputy director of operations.

His appointment, effective April 15, gives the Park Service two deputy directors -- one of them "acting" -- but no confirmed director more than halfway through President Donald Trump's term.

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