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Politico: Trump Nominees Working at Agencies Without Confirmation

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By    |   Friday, 20 October 2017 11:31 AM

Several people nominated for positions in the Trump administration are working in their respective agencies despite not yet having their nominations approved by Congress.

According to Politico, four officials are performing work that's similar to what they were hired to do as they wait for Congress to take up their nomination and approve it. The news outlet also discovered that several other nominees for Trump administration jobs had begun working before they were confirmed.

Politico reported that the four officials currently working without being confirmed are at the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Congress passed the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 to prevent nominees from working in their nominated positions prior to receiving the green light from lawmakers. Politico reported that the Trump administration is skirting around the law by hiring the officials for other positions within the agencies.

"This seems like it goes further than most examples I have seen," Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute told Politico. "It seems like in some cases they're taking people and potentially giving them roles that go beyond what they're supposed to have."

President Donald Trump has accused Democrats of intentionally holding up the confirmation process of his nominees for jobs within his administration. There are several hundred vacancies nine months after he took office, although many of them do not require congressional confirmation.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is trying to expedite the hiring process by allowing agencies the power to choose people to work for them without necessarily having to go through the White House first, which was the previous policy in the Trump administration.

Trump told Forbes earlier this month that the leaner-than-normal government is partially by design, as he's trying to make things more efficient.

"I'm generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally [be made] because you don't need them," Trump said. "I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it's totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people."

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