By the time Barack Obama’s presidency finished in January 2017, 78 associated with his political appointees had “burrowed” into government jobs over the course of 6 years, a report says.
The survey from the Government Accountability Office has been obtained by the Washington Times .
“Burrowing” refers to a process in which political appointees are appointed to career-level tasks to protect them from being ousted once a new administration takes over.
Of the 79 such appointees identified in the GAO report, seven had switched in order to career jobs without first getting necessary approval from the Office associated with Personnel Management, the report states. Four were later denied the particular positions and three later retired.
The particular department with the highest number of conversion rates was the Department of Homeland Safety, with nine appointees burrowing within. The Department of Justice has been second with eight conversions.
The process of burrowing is not an uncommon for organizations on the way out. President George Watts. Bush had at least 26 conversion rate approved in his final year within office.
Obama was warned in his last year against assigning political appointees to career jobs and has been asked by Republicans to apply a hiring freeze to avoid maintaining workers who opposed President Jesse Trump’s policies.
“ Not only is ‘ burrowing in’ unfair to candidates without an inside connection, it additional contributes to the possibility that federal workers might attempt to undermine the policies from the new president, ” Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N. C., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote to Obama, McClatchyDC reported .