The Holes in the Vacancies Act


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The Department of Homeland Security has been without a permanent director since 2019 when Kirstjen Nielsen resigned her position. The agency has had two acting directors since then and president Donald Trump has not appointed someone to fill the Senate-confirmed DHS Secretary position and Chad Wolf has been the acting director for more than eight months.

The Vacancies Act is supposed to prevent this situation, The Trump administration has relied on acting officials in a huge number of Senate-confirmed positions, with experts saying this subverts accountability and transparency of government. The Project on Government Oversight’s Rebecca Jones joined the program to talk about the Vacancies Act and the Trump administration.

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