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Watchdog: Several ‘Acting’ Biden Officials in Violation of Federal Law

'Several of the officials are serving years past the time their tenure's expiration date.. '

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The Government Accountability Office discovered that several officials for the Biden administration are in violation of federal law by holding office.

According to the Daily Wire, the GAO issued five reports with the discoveries of their investigations.

The officials, who work in “acting roles” while sanctioned positions in the Executive Branch remain vacant, have violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Established in 1998, the act “establishes requirements for temproary filling vacant positions in Executive Branch agencies that require a persidential appointment and Senate confirmation,” the GAO said in a report.

“This act identifies who may temporarily serve, for how long, and what happens when no one is erving under the act and the position is vacant.”

The group, which technically operates under the legislative branch, forwarded reports of the violations to both the president and Congress.

The staffers that have overstayed their welcome include a member of the Office of Management and Budget, Assistant Secretary of ICE and a high-ranking member of the Department of Justice.

Some of the officials who stayed beyond their limited term set by federal law include Deidre Harrison, acting Controlloer of the Office of Federal Financial Management within the White House Office of Management and Budget; Allison Randall, who is acting Director of the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women; Charlotte A. Dye, acting General Counsel for the Federal Labor Relations Authority; and Karen Freeman, Craig Hart and Ann Marie Yastishock, who all serve as Assistant Administrators of the Bureau for Asia in the U.S. Agency for the International Development.

All of these positions require both presidential appointment and confirmation by the Senate. “Acting” officials take over each position for a period of 210 days, with the possibility of an extension to a maximum of 300 days.

Once the time period is up, that particular office is required to remain vacant. The head of each respective agency must take on the duties of the vacant office.

Several of the officials are serving years past the time their tenure’s expiration date, putting the Biden administration in violation of federal law in several respects.

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