Despite having been warned not to assign political appointees to career jobs, and being asked by Republicans to avoid keeping workers who opposed President Donald Trump’s policies, Obama, of course, did it anyway.
“Burrowing” is where political appointees are appointed to career level positions by an administration that’s on its way out. A GAO report just identified that, in Obama’s case, 78 of his appointees had burrowed in by the time he left the White House.
Guess which department has the most…
The Department of Homeland Security.
You read that right…nine of Obama’s people are still working in the Department of Homeland Security. And we wonder where the leaks are?
This has been a concern from the beginning, as you can see here:
Of course, I have no evidence that any of those 9 Obama people leaked anything. But that’s somewhere I’d sure be looking.
Senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote to Obama, urging him not to disrupt Trump’s presidency, saying that “… ‘burrowing in’ …further contributes to the possibility that federal workers may attempt to undermine the policies of the new president.”
But I’m sure that’s EXACTLY what Obama intended to do.
Burrowing frequently takes place during a Presidential transition. Bush did it, too. But that doesn’t make me feel any better, especially with Trump’s unique Presidency and all that’s gone on so far.