August 25th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Now hiring: Obama still needs to fill top jobs

Several of President Obama's Cabinet secretary picks dropped out because of the nomination process
Several of President Obama's Cabinet secretary picks dropped out because of the nomination process

WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than seven months into office, President Obama still has a number of top posts to fill, which one expert said could be hurting the nation's security.

An analysis by the White House Transition Project - a nonprofit organization tracking administrations - showed that 210 days into his administration, Obama had nominated candidates for 243 of the 385 jobs requiring Senate confirmation.

The Senate has confirmed 193 but still has a backlog of candidates needing to be examined.

Some of the top jobs open include assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation, and the directors of the Agency for International Development, Customs and Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

David Lewis, a professor at Vanderbilt University, said the vacancies in key posts might be hurting the nation's security.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    Just name a couple of new czars, Barry... ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing, problem solved.

    August 25, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Farrell in Houston

    These jobs were filled when our nation was attacked, so please explain how now not filling them can/will hurt now. Sounds like a poor argument for just filing these jobs with a warm body.

    August 25, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Alfred E. Neumann

    It's a conflict between campaign contributors and the vetting process.

    And that's why it takes so long – many positions and too few qualified both at the job and ideology.

    August 25, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Dennis

    I'm so wound up about broken Medicare and proposals to socialize US health care that I don't even want to get started on the Administrations' human resources problems. In my heart, I believe Michael Jackson was satisfied with his health care plan.

    Not having ambassadors doesn't always mean we lack representation. However, appointing "czars"–whicih seems to be where the President has been spending his time–bypasses the congressional confirmation process and flies in the face of a so-called "open government" with checks and balances. The intent to gather power to the Office of the President instead of managing the Executive Branch seems fairly obvious.

    August 25, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Shari, NY

    Well I read the entire story and I get the feeling that part of the problem is finding "a few good men" (better than the ones of the previous administration?). Hmmmm!

    August 25, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    Let's add one more to the unfilled position list. By By Obama...

    August 25, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    So, according to Lewis we just put anyone in? THIS administration has higher aspirations when it comes to filling the highest posts.

    The previous administration wanted a bunch of "yes men" on board, folks that were the "poodles" of Dick and Rove i.e. Gonzales, Meyers etc.

    This administration wants to have folks with differing opinions, so a COMPROMISE can be worked out for the benefit of American citizens.

    Not JUST big business....

    August 25, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Obama is already a sinking ship–I expect even finding people who'd be willing to take the remaining jobs will be difficult, let alone finding people who've paid all the right taxes.

    August 25, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |