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Fri Aug 11, 2017, 05:12 PM

State Department Confronts North Korea With Rows of Vacant Positions

Source: Government Executive

The rising tensions between President Trump and the missile-launching government of North Korea are playing out with a State Department that continues to operate with corridors of unfilled leadership jobs.

The Trump White House has made only a third of the nominations needed to fill 130 key jobs at the department, according to a tracking tool from the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post. Of the 44 nominees, 23 have been confirmed, leaving State with only 8 percent of top positions filled. Missing are a permanent assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, an undersecretary for arms control and international security affairs, and a confirmed ambassador to South Korea

Korean peninsula analyst Harry Krejsa, the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for New American Security, said: “The outstanding number of vacancies throughout the diplomatic and national security apparatus has been really worrying to foreign policy analysts. These are the folks who are the implementers and interpreters of policy and the informers of policy. So far, it looks like the administration is trying to do all three from the White House, creating a lot of incoherence across agencies, and confusion among allies."

“The slow nomination and confirmation of political appointees at the State Department has had a demoralizing effect on our diplomatic corps, and created problems for both the management of the department and for carrying out President Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. “Filling [the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs position] and numerous other critical State Department leadership jobs should be a top White House priority.”

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"only 8 percent of top positions filled." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Sunlei (Original post)

Fri Aug 11, 2017, 05:20 PM

1. by design

come on, doesn't anyone know that
Moscow controls the WH HR now?

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Response to Sunlei (Original post)

Fri Aug 11, 2017, 05:22 PM

2. I wonder how much of this is because

they simply can't find anyone who wants to work for this administration? It would also explain why there are so many unqualified and inept people working there already. They're the only ones who would take the jobs.

I know I would not go work for them for any amount of money.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 11, 2017, 06:04 PM

3. All by design. A dictator needs a smaller diplomatic corp. And Putin approves.

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Response to Sunlei (Original post)

Fri Aug 11, 2017, 08:31 PM

4. I don't understand the math of the alleged "8 percent"

From the OP:

The Trump White House has made only a third of the nominations needed to fill 130 key jobs at the department, according to a tracking tool from the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post. Of the 44 nominees, 23 have been confirmed, leaving State with only 8 percent of top positions filled.


There's no explanation of any different definition for "key jobs" and "top positions" so I'll assume they mean the same thing. There are 130 such jobs, 8 percent of which would be 10.4. But more than twice as many have been filled. With 23 out of 130 confirmed, the actual rate is 17.7 percent -- certainly a dismal performance but well above 8 percent.

I'm assuming that "confirmed" means "filled". Maybe a whole bunch have been confirmed but they can't yet assume their jobs because they're still under contract to Fox News or the Koch brothers for another few months? That seems unlikely.

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