The Government Accountability Office has discovered a problem with the Biden administration.
Some of them have overstayed their welcome. Legally speaking, that is.
While Americans were looking to the sky at Chinese balloons or the ominous cloud of smoke hanging over East Palestine Ohio, the Government Accountability office announced ‘Time’s Up’ for several of Joe Biden’s ‘Temporary’ appointees.
By law, an ‘Acting’ appointee must be — and this may come as a surprise to some people out there — ‘temporary’. Shocking, I know.
You might think that any administration that is so proud of how super law-abiding and transparent they are might have a better idea about how long these people can stay in ‘temporary appointee’ positions. But you would be wrong.
The positions in question are the presidential appointee positions requiring Senate approval. According to the GAO, seven of them are past due.
What does that mean in practical terms? It means they have completed their time in their ‘Acting’ role and need to vacate their positions.
The GAO found that seven officials have exceeded the time limits stipulated in the law:
- Allison Randall—Acting Director of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women;
- Charlotte A. Dye—Acting General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA);
- Tae D. Johnson—Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
- Deidre Harrison—Acting Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB);
- Karen Freeman, Craig Hart, and Ann Marie Yastishock—Assistant Administrators of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Asia.
Shirley A. Jones, the Managing Associate General Counsel for the GAO, said each of the alleged violations “began in 2021 or 2022 and involves a long-vacant position for which previous Presidents submitted nominations.”
Some of these positions, which are supposed to max out at 210 days, up to an additional 210 days if a nominee is pulled, have been occupied by ‘acting’ personnel since 2021. After those 210 days expire, the position is supposed to remain vacant.
Explanations for the overstay vary by the position being held.
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