by Countable | 10.5.17
According to a recent round up by the Washington Post, 601 key positions in the federal government have yet to be filled that require Senate confirmation. Of those 601, 291 still have no nominee. Career staff in departments can keep the ball rolling on regular projects, but if there are any crucial decisions to be made or advocacy to be done with Congress or the White House, interim appointees do not have the power or leverage to perform optimally.
Here are five of those positions that deserve your attention:
The Undersecretary would be a lead advisor on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. Their specialty is in managing global U.S. security policy as it pertains to non-proliferation, arms control, regional security and defence relations, and arms transfers and security assistance. They oversee the negotiation, implementation, and verification of international arms control and security agreements.
The Undersecretary administers 15 nutrition and food assistance programs, including billions of dollars worth of food stamps, promotes federal dietary guidelines and works with public-private partnerships to address issues of food insecurity and hunger.
Areas already dealing with food insecurity who have now been decimated by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, have no direct advocate in the federal government.
The Census Bureau is the primary collector of data on the social and economic activities and characteristics of the U.S. population. Among the primary projects of the Bureau is the population census mandated by the Constitution, which dictates the annual dispersal of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal money to states and local communities and prompts the redrawing of legislative district lines.
The preparations for the next count, in 2020, are already underfunded according to department officials and lawmakers. That count will be used to redraw district lines in an attempt to address the partisan gerrymandering that is currently being debated by the Supreme Court.
The Inspector General conducts and supervises audits and investigations of the department, uncovering any waste, fraud or abuse, and making recommendations for improvement.
The 2018 fiscal budget is likely to involve significant increases to defense spending, yet there is no one currently tasked with making sure that taxpayer money is spent well.
The Undersecretary leads efforts to protect and enhance the resiliency of the nation’s physical and cyber-critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks and other cyber intrusions that threaten national security.
This is the department to deal with election hacking, but there’s no one in charge to make sure our future elections are protected from cyber-intrusion.
Does Congress need to insist that these positions get filled as soon as possible? Or is the administration engaging in a necessary reduction of staffing of the federal workforce?
Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!
— Asha Sanaker
(Photo Credit: US Dept of Homeland Security via Twitter/ Creative Commons)
Written by Countable
At what point is dereliction of duty an impeachable offense?
Here's another position that needs a qualified, responsible adult. President of the United States
The government is too big as it is. I’m fine with getting rid of a few more positions... like the president, the VP and the cabinet. PLUS some positions that don’t really exist, like the ones Ivanka, Jared and KellyAnn hold.
Trump is a slacker with the attention span of a gnat.
MOST people reading this and “complaining” these are critical positions didn’t even know they weren’t filled until Reading this! That said - obviously the government can function well enough without EVERY single position filled. Waaay to much fat on the steak. Save us tax payers some $ and eliminate half of these useless jobs!
Just another FACT demonstrating our so-called leader’s gross level of incompetence. He has no idea of what it means to be President. He does not even conduct himself as a competent CEO. Only exhibits his ‘hands off ‘-‘let my underlings do it’.—the way he handled his business operations. How well did that go? Remember?-4 Bankruptcies. 25th Amendment.
One question. How can all of you hate trump so bad but love Obama? What did he do to change your life in a positive way? Obama hid behind poor people and said he was gonna help them. The poor got poorer. He got richer and tried to change anything that was a normal way of Americans culture. Did he do a great job? So good that he make any incoming president seem like an under achiever? I think not!
Honestly, what do people expect? When you (or Russia) puts a political neophyte into office, they can’t be expected to be up to the job. Add in the idiots trump has appointed so far and we get the dumb leading the dumber. Trump seems to think he is a genius at business (although his many bankruptcies make me not believe that). The man doesn’t read, doesn’t research, can’t handle criticism, has the attention span of a toddler and values loyalty above competence. This GOP-led government is an effing disaster.
Maybe if he wasn’t blocked by the Dems every step of the way he would be able to get more done.
Blind allegiance....loyalty has nothing to do with this adm....greed and zero integrity....taking that oath meant zero to them. Tired of the wait and see plan....
Who in their right or left mine would want to even identify themselves with this administration? Trump will go down as the worst president ever! Trump and staff abuse travel, are over all racist in nature and total disregard rules, regulation, laws and humanity . The administration has nepotism and insider information which is a conflict of interest. Rex was right about the moron in chief. The republicans party and staff will go down with him and I hope they do!
Trump is an inept disgrace to the office of the president. Either demand he do his job like a rational, mature adult, or demand that he resign.
Trump really is not doing any work except creating an illusion of work so the tax payers can finance his travel! This is wrong!
It seems to me that these five positions that are not yet filled is a way for this administration to, yet again, achieve their own agenda. Undersecretary of arms control and international security affairs is there to watch over global and U S security and arms control. The White House would much rather have control over these matters so they can do as they please. Undersecretary of food, nutrition and consumer services, well we all know that the White House does not want to help the needy, especially school children, Betsy DeVos must be loving this. They are not interested in the consumer-only big business. The Census Bureau over sees Gerrymandering and the republicans want to keep that going so they can stay in control of the government and the American people taking away our right to a just and true vote. Inspector General oversees the department of defense which uncovers waste, abuse, fraud in defense spending and use of our tax dollars for this purpose. The undersecretary for National protection and programs watches over election hacking and cyber intrusion. We know that this administration wants these things to continue so they can stay in office and control. Not filling these positions is a means for them to control the American people and government. They must be filled ASAP and this administration must be stopped.
Undersecretary For Arms Control and International Security Affairs is a critical post given the global political climate in the Middle East, North Korea, and likely fallout from Trump deciding to withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The Inspector General is crucial to the efficacy and efficiency of our Department of Defense. If this administration is really interested in reducing wasteful spending, Trump needs to fill this position.
To the moron that posted "trump is a busy man, he will get to it when he has time", is he aware that every president in the past 40 years has had appointees picked out before their inauguration, ready to go?! I wouldn't trust trump to clean my toilet- I can't believe this loser/slacker is President. I've met so many that voted for Trump say that they've sobered up since then.
Why are you not pressuring the Executive branch to fill these positions? How are we supposed to function properly with 600 key vacancies? Please pressure, speak up, louder.
The Trump Administration is the metaphorical equivalent of the Titanic
When do Americans recognize the overwhelming incompetence and overwhelming narcissism of our President? Or can hate be used to hide treason?
This is probably the doing of Trump's poodle Steve Miller. As his buddy Steve Bannon they are trying to sow chaos in the government. It is the classical text of the National Socialists in 1933. We must oppose these attempts to make Trump Der Fuhrer.