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Hundreds of top government jobs under Trump are unfilled. So who's running things?

"The federal government now has close to two million civilian workers nationwide. Now let’s focus on the biggest bosses. There are a few hundred key positions appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. These are the people who run our government day to day. And one year into the Trump presidency, many of those posts are still empty.

Let’s take 630 key jobs, all of them filled by presidential nomination and tracked by the Partnership for Public Service. Of those 630 top jobs, about 240 of them right now have no nominee. Another 140 of those jobs have nominees, but they’re waiting to be confirmed. Upshot?

More than half of key positions right now are unfilled.

What are these jobs exactly? The top jobs, agency heads and the second- and third-highest ranking rungs underneath. What do they do? A lot. Things like keeping roads safe. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration does not have an administrator, its top job, right now, nor anyone to head its legal, financial or enforcement divisions.

That reportedly has frozen several new safety standards. Something else affected? The opioid crisis. The White House Drug Control Office, meant to work on the issue, has no director, and has seen several other appointees leave.

And there is a long list of other vacancies, top spots at the Pentagon and at the State Department, at the Agriculture Department, the offices overseeing national food safety. And at the Energy Department, several key nuclear oversight jobs are unfilled. That’s just to name a few.

So who’s running things? A change in federal law that went into effect just last year allows a temporary acting replacement in these jobs, but only for 300 days. That’s to give presidents time to make nominations.

But Mr. Trump hasn’t made nominations for hundreds of these jobs, and the 300-day clock has run out. That’s creating an unprecedented situation. Those acting in these jobs do not technically have the legal authority to do them anymore."


Outstanding--Just think of how many lawyers this is going make millionaires? I'm all for shrinking govt.---but not at the cost of increased inefficiencies of services.

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47 minutes ago, EvilEyeFleegle said:

Hundreds of top government jobs under Trump are unfilled. So who's running things?

"The federal government now has close to two million civilian workers nationwide. Now let’s focus on the biggest bosses. There are a few hundred key positions appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. These are the people who run our government day to day. And one year into the Trump presidency, many of those posts are still empty.

Let’s take 630 key jobs, all of them filled by presidential nomination and tracked by the Partnership for Public Service. Of those 630 top jobs, about 240 of them right now have no nominee. Another 140 of those jobs have nominees, but they’re waiting to be confirmed. Upshot?

More than half of key positions right now are unfilled.

What are these jobs exactly? The top jobs, agency heads and the second- and third-highest ranking rungs underneath. What do they do? A lot. Things like keeping roads safe. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration does not have an administrator, its top job, right now, nor anyone to head its legal, financial or enforcement divisions.

That reportedly has frozen several new safety standards. Something else affected? The opioid crisis. The White House Drug Control Office, meant to work on the issue, has no director, and has seen several other appointees leave.

And there is a long list of other vacancies, top spots at the Pentagon and at the State Department, at the Agriculture Department, the offices overseeing national food safety. And at the Energy Department, several key nuclear oversight jobs are unfilled. That’s just to name a few.

So who’s running things? A change in federal law that went into effect just last year allows a temporary acting replacement in these jobs, but only for 300 days. That’s to give presidents time to make nominations.

But Mr. Trump hasn’t made nominations for hundreds of these jobs, and the 300-day clock has run out. That’s creating an unprecedented situation. Those acting in these jobs do not technically have the legal authority to do them anymore."


Outstanding--Just think of how many lawyers this is going make millionaires? I'm all for shrinking govt.---but not at the cost of increased inefficiencies of services.

Since no one's actually missed these blood sucking leaches of society, I say we close those jobs permanently.....

 

Along with a few million other federal blood suckers. 

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