Bush "Burrowing" Key Political Appointees In Career Civil Service Jobs

12/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post

Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department's top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies -- including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions -- into senior civil service posts.

The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called "burrowing" by career officials, creates federal sinecures for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs.

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