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Andre
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https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2017/12/14/trumps-gove...

Interesting tidbits from the article, detailing Trumps woeful record on filling nominated positions in government;

According to the Partnership for Public Service, there are
620 Senate-confirmed “key positions” in the federal government—not a lot considering that the federal government consists of 4.4 million people when you include the military.

But as of this writing, Trump has only 208 of these jobs filled and confirmed by the Senate. There are another 159 positions that have been nominated but not confirmed. There remain 247 jobs for which there is not even a nominee. And here’s where the problem begins.

To date, these jobs have been filled by senior civil servants in an “acting” capacity. However, according to the
Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, they can only serve in an acting capacity for 300 days after a president is sworn in, beyond which point they are not allowed to stay in the office. In other words, time ran out sometime in mid-November for civil servants who became acting appointees on Inauguration Day.

“Arguably, the most direct means to enforce the Vacancies Act is through private suits in which courts may nullify noncompliant actions. The Vacancies Act appears to render noncompliant actions void.”

The CRS brief goes on to outline the difficulties in bringing court actions. Still, the possibility of litigation means that, where Trump policies are enacted by an “acting” officer whose time has run out, such actions could be reversed by the courts or rendered, as the Supreme Court has ruled, “void ab initio.”[1]

By not filling the leadership jobs in his government Trump is limiting his power and opening up the possibility of his legacy being reversed by the courts.

And I suspect people who oppose Trump will recognize this, and do what they can to reverse his legacy. Its sucess will be debatable, but probably not from a lack of trying.
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Best news I've read about this incompetent administration so far.
 
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Agent J
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He's looking real sharp in his 1940's fedora. He's got nerves of steel, an iron will, and several other metal-themed attributes. His fur is water tight and he's always up for a fight.
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He's a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action. He's a furry little flat-foot who'll never flinch from a fray. He's got more than just mad skills, he's got a beaver tail and a bill.
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I should apply for something.
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