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Political Appointee To Civil Servant: What the Public Should Know About “Burrowing In”

Political Appointee To Civil Servant: What the Public Should Know About “Burrowing In”

October 14, 2020

During election seasons, the status of political appointees in the federal workforce come under increased scrutiny. Under all recent presidents, some political appointees have attempted to become civil servants — a process commonly called “burrowing in.” Unlike political appointments, civil service positions do not terminate at the end of an administration. Conversion therefore allows political appointees to stay in government after the president who appointed them has left office.

Five tips for getting through the Senate confirmation process

Five tips for getting through the Senate confirmation process

September 25, 2020

The opportunity to serve in a presidentially-appointed position in the federal government is a unique privilege and honor. For some positions, this means nominees must traverse the difficult Senate confirmation process before they can take office. The confirmation process can be one of the biggest challenges a nominee will face in their lifetime. Here’s some advice for navigating that process.