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  • Panel Wants Details on Political Appointees Who Burrow In to Career Jobs

    By Eric Katz, Government Executive

    House lawmakers want more details on the political appointees agencies covert into full-time career employees, joining the Senate in seeking an investigation into the process known as “burrowing in” before the upcoming presidential transition.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Beth Cobert seeking documents on every political appointee who has been converted since Sept. 2015. Chaffetz specifically requested emails and other communications that explain the outcome of each converted workers’ “pre-employment review,” as well as those who were not approved. He also asked about conversions in which the hiring agency “did not provide sufficient information to justify the employment action.”

    Chaffetz said the political-to-career conversions are ripe for patronage and abuse.

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