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Trump's Stand-In Bureaucrats May Have Overstayed Limits

  • With 300-day statutory threshold elapsed, opening for lawsuits
  • Vacancy Act workarounds also subject to legal scrutiny

President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court.

Enforcement actions as well as policy decisions on a variety of topics, such as easing restrictions on methane emissions from oil wells or permitting schools to offer 1 percent milk, could be challenged on the grounds that they were enacted by officials who had been in acting roles too long or were improperly delegated authority.