Sen. Barbara Mikulski,D-Md., arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Karen Bleier / AFP via Getty Images)
The Treasury Department and the General Services Administration will delay for five years a plan to move 450 Treasury Department employees from Hyattsville, Md., to Parkersburg, W.Va., following protests from Maryland lawmakers.
The employees initially had until January 2015 to relocate as part of an effort to consolidate the Treasury Department’s Financial Management Service with the Bureau of Public Debt. The new timeline gives the employees until the end of 2019.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who was tapped to be chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the new Congress, said she fought alongside the rest of the Maryland congressional delegation to keep the employees where they were.
“We must have a more frugal government, but not one that hangs our people out to dry,” Mikulski said in a news release.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said the deadline extension will give employees more time to develop transition plans.
“This additional time will ensure that the transition process moves deliberately and transparently and that the employees who have dedicated years of service to FMS can make the best choice for themselves and their families,” he said in a news release.
Maryland Sens. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, along with Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, and John Sarbanes were all opposed to the relocation.