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President Obama’s cronies are being placed into permanent staff positions in the federal government and the Administration is not even bothering to follow its own personnel rules which govern the process.
This is the unmistakable conclusion after reading a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report shows that the Obama Administration has been converting Obama’s political appointees into career positions without prior approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The OPM director in November of 2009 made a big show of the new policy requiring prior approval for these conversions, stating: “I believe we must hold ourselves and the government to a higher standard, one that honors and supports the President’s strong commitment to a Government that is transparent and open. OPM’s responsibility to uphold the merit system is not limited to Presidential election years nor to competitive service appointments. That is why I am instituting a change in OPM policy with respect to hiring political appointees for civil service jobs.
The GAO reviewed 30 agencies and found that 28 had converted political positions to career positions for 69 individuals. Of those 69 conversions, 17 had been accomplished without the required approval from OPM.
In some cases the agencies have been forced to relist the job notice and start the hiring process for those positions all over again. Others were approved after the fact.
One is left to wonder what the agencies were trying to hide by sneaking through the conversions without the required approval.
originally posted by: 200Plus
I have to ask, does this really matter?
With the DOJ, FBI, and IRS now known to be politically corrupted, how hard would it really be to "fire for cause" those career bureaucrats and replace them with political allies?
After this election politics will become a bloodsport.