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Civilian vacancies at Trump’s Pentagon hit new high

One Defense official pushed back on the notion of a disagreement between the White House and the Pentagon over Rood’s replacement.


The number of high-level civilian vacancies at the Pentagon has hit a new high for the Trump administration as lawmakers raise concerns that the department doesn't have enough qualified people in place to tackle the nation's biggest national security problems.

More than a third of all Senate-confirmed civilian positions at the Department of Defense are now vacant or filled by temporary officials, a peak level for the administration outside of the transition period, according to information provided to POLITICO by a Defense Department spokesperson. Out of 60 senior positions, 21 lack permanent appointees. Thirteen of those positions have no nominee identified, including the slots for comptroller, space policy chief, and the head of international security affairs.

Lawmakers this week raised new questions about the state of civilian control of the military in the Trump era, as the administration faces decisions on winding down the war in Afghanistan, countering Iran's military moves and investing for competition with China and Russia.

Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday upbraided Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about the imbalance.
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The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History ...

Chapter 8 of the 9/11 Commission Report was titled, “The System Was Blinking Red.” The quote came from former CIA Director George Tenet, who was characterizing the summer of 2001, when the intelligence community’s multiple reporting streams indicated an imminent aviation terrorist attack inside the United States. Despite the warnings and frenzied efforts of some counterterrorism officials, the 9/11 Commission determined “We see little evidence that the progress of the plot was disturbed by any government action. … Time ran out.”

Last week, the Washington Post reported on the steady drumbeat of coronavirus warnings that the intelligence community presented to the White House in January and February. These alerts made little impact upon senior administration officials, who were undoubtedly influenced by President Donald Trump’s constant derision of the virus, which he began on Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

By now, there are three painfully obvious observations about Trump’s leadership style that explain the worsening coronavirus pandemic that Americans now face. First, there is the fact that once he believes absolutely anything—no matter how poorly thought-out, ill-informed, or inaccurate—he remains completely anchored to that initial impression or judgment. Leaders are unusually hubristic and overconfident; for many, the fact that they have risen to elevated levels of power is evidence of their inherent wisdom. But truly wise leaders authentically solicit feedback and criticism, are actively open thinkers, and are capable of changing their minds. By all accounts, Trump lacks these enabling competencies.

Second, Trump’s judgments are highly transmissible, infecting the thinking and behavior of nearly every official or advisor who comes in contact with the initial carrier. Unsurprisingly, the president surrounds himself with people who look, think, and act like he does. Yet, his inaccurate or disreputable comments also have the remarkable ability to become recycled by formerly honorable military, intelligence, and business leaders. And if somebody does not consistently parrot the president’s proclamations with adequate intensity, they are fired, or it is leaked that their firing could be imminent at any time—most notably the recent report of the president’s impatience with the indispensable Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

And, third, the poor judgments soon contaminate all the policymaking arms of the federal government with almost no resistance or even reasonable questioning. Usually, federal agencies are led by those officials whom the White House believes are best able to implement policy. These officials have usually enjoyed some degree of autonomy; not under Trump. Even historically nonpartisan national security or intelligence leadership positions have been filled by people who are ideologically aligned with the White House, rather than endowed with the experience or expertise needed to push back or account for the concerns raised by career nonpolitical employees.
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Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus

Unfilled jobs and high turnover mean the government is ill equipped for a public health crisis, said many former and current federal officials and disaster experts.


WASHINGTON — Of the 75 senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 20 are either vacant or filled by acting officials, including Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary who recently was unable to tell a Senate committee how many respirators and protective face masks were available in the United States.

The National Park Service, which like many federal agencies is full of vacancies in key posts, tried this week to fill the job of a director for the national capital region after hordes of visitors flocked to see the cherry blossoms near the National Mall, creating a potential public health hazard as the coronavirus continues to spread.

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, workers are scrambling to order medical supplies on Amazon after its leaders, lacking experience in disaster responses, failed to prepare for the onslaught of patients at its medical centers.

Empty slots and high turnover have left parts of the federal government unprepared and ill equipped for what may be the largest public health crisis in a century, said numerous former and current federal officials and disaster experts. ...

Even the Pentagon, which is broadly viewed as better positioned than many other agencies for the pandemic response, is not immune. More than a third of all Senate-confirmed civilian positions at the Defense Department are vacant or filled by temporary officials, a peak level for the administration outside of the transition period, according to Pentagon statistics. Of 60 senior positions, 21 lack permanent appointees.

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this month about the imbalance. “These vacancies continue to challenge the department’s ability to effectively respond to national security challenges and undermine civilian inputs into the decision-making process,” Mr. Reed said.
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It would be nice if the Democrats had a Communications Team that would pound this home to the American public. Alas, that's a SNAFU. Have I ever said what a horrible DNC Chair Tom Perez is?
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At the Department of Veterans Affairs, workers are scrambling to order medical supplies on Amazon after its leaders, lacking experience in disaster responses, failed to prepare for the onslaught of patients at its medical centers.
It doesn't help my anxiety levels to realize that the VA has to fight the general public for supplies their superiors should have stockpiled months ago.
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BUT... But... but....

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We will always provide for our Veterans and their mental health. I pushed Congress to provide $10 Billion for Vet mental health, suicide prevention outreach, and funding for my PREVENTS Initiative to end Vet suicide. Congress responded. A big win for our Vets!

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ProPublica: Trump Removed the Head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its Members Could Be Next.

Democrats are scrambling to stop the president from replacing independent government watchdogs after he quickly pushed aside the leader of coronavirus bailout oversight.
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Trump Taps Once-Exiled 29-Year-Old Aide to Help Him Purge Enemies and Watchdogs From Government

John McEntee is the ultimate Trump loyalist. And now he’s been tasked with making the administration as committed to the president as he is.


Even in the midst of a global pandemic and economic collapse, President Donald Trump is charging ahead on his mission to purge his administration of watchdogs who are tasked with exposing waste, fraud, and abuse. And as he goes about this mission, he’s leaning on a 29-year-old loyalist once exiled from the Trump administration for a reported gambling problem, as well as a cadre of conservative firebrands who have fed his paranoia that government careerists are trying to destroy him.

Early this month, Trump fired Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community, who had been asked to handle the anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that triggered the president’s impeachment at the hands of House Democrats. On Monday, the president used his daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House to take swipes at Christi Grimm, a Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, after being asked about her report documenting the “severe shortages of testing supplies” in certain U.S. hospitals during the coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, the news broke that Trump had replaced Glenn Fine, an acting Pentagon inspector general who had been assigned to oversee $2 trillion in coronavirus relief money.

Those actions are just the beginning of Trump’s plans to remake much of the federal government by appointing Trump-supportive partisans, including to inspector general posts, four administration sources say. And they reflect the degree to which the president’s obsession with purging and denigrating his perceived enemies within the government continues to animate him, even as the White House struggles to respond to the coronavirus outbreaks and the increasing number of deaths throughout the country.

For the task, Trump has increasingly leaned on the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), headed by recently rehired Trump aide John McEntee. In the past two months, Trump and McEntee have discussed the topic of replacing inspectors general—a number of whose nominations require approval by the Senate—along with various other positions in the federal government. The president has made clear that he is adamant about quickly filling those posts (there are more than 70 such watchdogs across the government) with those more submissive to him and ousting appointees he often baselessly lambasts as “corrupt,” according to a senior administration official.

McEntee, Trump’s former presidential body man and a 2016 campaign veteran, was fired two years ago from his White House job by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly, reportedly for an excessive online gambling habit and related tax issues that had hindered him from getting a proper security clearance.
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One can only hope that these appointees haveat most a limited 9 months in office. :think:

Hmm - 9 months ? Just hope we have a real life birth by Januar 20 2021, and get a baby shower on November 3 2020.

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WaPo - Joe Davidson: Vacancies have hindered the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus

As President Trump tries to defend his sluggish response to the coronavirus pandemic, 18 nongovernmental organizations are pressing against agency vacancies that can hinder federal action.

“We fear that the leadership vacuum in several federal agencies is weakening the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” the organizations said in a letter to the Republican and Democratic leadership of 14 Senate committees.

“The nation needs highly-effective federal agencies especially at this time of crisis,” the letter said. “Unfortunately, we continue to witness a worsening, widespread vacancy issue across the federal government where key offices are without Senate confirmed leadership, sometimes for years on end, to the detriment of the agencies’ functioning.”

The lack of appointed agency leadership has been a long-standing problem in the Trump administration, but not one that bothers him. He prefers having acting officials instead of those who require Senate confirmation.
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CNN: Key House chairwoman wants Bright to testify before Congress about removal from key post

(CNN) Rep. Anna Eshoo, the chairwoman of the House's Health subcommittee, told CNN she plans to call in Dr. Rick Bright to testify before her panel as she reviews the circumstances of his removal from a key position after he raised concerns about the safety of a drug that President Donald Trump touted as a potential treatment to the coronavirus.

"I think the American people deserve to hear Dr. Bright's story," Eshoo, a Democrat from California, told CNN on Thursday. "He really has worked for the American people -- they are the ones who have paid his salary. A thoroughbred professional -- and to set him aside in one of the most key positions to develop vaccines in the midst of the pandemic? The story doesn't make sense to me. So I think it deserves examination."

Eshoo said she also wants to call Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Bob Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response, to testify before her panel.

"I don't know where this began, why, who where, when, why," said Eshoo, whose subcommittee falls under the Energy and Commerce full committee. "But I think it deserves to be examined and the story told."

Eshoo said she wants to have hearings as soon as it's "feasible" and said she's willing to return to Washington to probe the matter.
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CNN: Rick Bright will warn Congress of 'darkest winter in modern history' without ramped up coronavirus response

(CNN) Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of a key federal office charged with developing medical countermeasures, will testify before Congress on Thursday that the Trump administration was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and warn that the the US will face "unprecedented illness and fatalities" without additional preparations.

"Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities," Bright is expected to say Thursday, according to his prepared testimony obtained by CNN. "Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be darkest winter in modern history."

Bright is set to testify Thursday morning before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee after he filed a whistleblower complaint last week alleging he was removed from his post in retaliation for opposing the broad use of a drug frequently touted by President Donald Trump as a coronavirus treatment.

Bright will reiterate that he believes he was removed from his post because he "resisted efforts to promote and enable broad access to an unproven drug, chloroquine, to the American people without transparent information on the potential health risks."

Bright is seeking to be reinstated to his position as the head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Office of Special Counsel, which is reviewing Bright's complaint, has determined there is reason to believe his removal was retaliatory and is recommending he be reinstated during its investigation, according to Bright's attorneys. ...

Expanding on his whistleblower complaint, Bright is expected to testify that he sought to warn his superiors about potential shortages of critical medical supplies earlier this year, but that his "urgency was dismissed" and that he "faced hostility and marginalization from HHS officials" after conveying his concerns about shortages to a senior White House official, Peter Navarro.
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I hope the doctor can avoid open windows until tomorrow.

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He's up now - bump.
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3 hours ago, 25 tweets, 7 min read

Today Dr. Rick Bright, chief vaccine expert for the Health & Human Services Dept. is prepared to tell Congress his advocacy of science and safety not only went ignored by the Trump admin but prompted retaliation with dangerous consequences.
Live-tweet starts @ 10AM ET.
Excerpt⤵️

While I live-tweet Dr. Bright's testimony before Congress for @CourthouseNews, a stream will be available here:

and here:
Dr. Rick Bright Testifies on Coronavirus Pandemic Response
Rick Bright, the recent director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who says he was removed from his job, testifies…
https://www.c-span.org/video/?471986-1/ ... erce-panel
It has been less than 30 days since Bright was removed from the director role at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, an HHS offshoot funding companies to build out diagnostics and vaccines. He was abruptly transferred to a more modest role at NIH

In his complaint w/OSC, Bright alleged Bob Charrow, US Health & Human Srvcs general counsel, gave him a directive to set protocols expanding access to chloroquine well past what the FDA authorized for emergency use to treat Covid-19.
Via @KlasfeldReports:
Ousted Head of Virus Vaccine Effort Accuses White House of Retaliation
The former head of U.S. vaccination efforts against the novel coronavirus brought formal charges Tuesday that blame his firing on the Trump administration's fixation with an unproven antimalarial dru…
https://www.courthousenews.com/fired-he ... taliation/
Bright says he resisted broadly calls to 'flood' NY & NJ w/ uninspected chloroquine & hydroxychloroquine from Pakistan and India even as "the administration promoted it as a panacea"
You can read Dr. Bright's whistleblower complaint here:
Rick Bright Redacted OSC Complaint
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Brandi Buchman (Courthouse News).
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... laint.html

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Dr. Rick Bright's testimony will get underway shortly.
Dr. Rick Bright Testifies on Coronavirus Pandemic Response
Rick Bright, the recent director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who says he was removed from his job, testifies…
https://www.c-span.org/video/?471986-1/ ... c-response

@CourthouseNews


And away we go.
Chairman @RepAnnaEshoo begins:
"Our country is in pain, Americans are afraid, they are sick, hungry and jobless and 80,000 souls have been lost. And the government that was supposed to protect them has failed."

"We are the greatest country on earth and yet we have the greatest deaths of anywhere in the world, why?"

Eshoo: The basic delay at the start of this year is what cost lives... because of incompetence, denial, delay and a disorganized response.
.@RepAnnaEshoo: "Frankly, I'm tired of those who bear the responsibility accepting none of it while deflecting blame on others, the previous administration, @WHO, the Wuhan lab, anywhere but where the blame belongs."

Dr Bright's complaint was not only ignored but fired for being right, Eshoo says.

His whistleblower complaint was "one of the most troubling I have ever seen" she adds.

Rick Bright Redacted OSC Complaint
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Brandi Buchman (Courthouse News).
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... laint.html
This subcommittee chaired by Eshoo has jurisdiction over FDA, NIH, CDC and BARDA.
Secy Azar, Assistant Secretary for Response and Preparedness Kadlec and Peter Navarro have all "refused to testify"
Eshoo then asked for a moment of silence for the 80k Americans dead.

Debra Katz, Dr. Bright's attorney is seated next to Dr. Bright today.

Ranking member Michael Burgess, R-TX, in his opening remarks asks "why is this the first official hearing we are having on this topic?"
"I'm concerned it took five months to have a hearing on this novel coronavirus," he says, literally, between light clearing of his throat.

"We stand on the sidelines instead of becoming fully engaged," Burgess says, but moments later adds whistleblowers must have their claims investigated fairly. He runs through a litany of "procedural fouls" that led to the hearing while also mulling the timeline of Bright's cmplnt
Chairman Eshoo says Burgess may recall she called for a hearing on Jan. 30 with Kadlec, Fauci, all the heads of the health agencies and it was Secy Azar that said they could not come.

Chairman of the full committee Energy and Commerce Committee @FrankPallone speaking now:
This is a national emergency that requires every aspect of government to work together to reduce the spread of this virus.

Four laws have been enacted to provide economic assistance but new laws are not enough, Pallone says.
POTUS has failed to provide consistent and stable leadership to guide the U.S. through this crisis.

.@FrankPallone says Trump has delivered mixed messages to the public and "instead of showing leadership, the administration has abdicated responsibility and forced states to fend for themselves and find their own way out of this pandemic."

@CourthouseNews
Pallone on Trump's recent statement that 'we have met the moment and we have prevailed'... "could not be further from the truth, Mr. President," the chairman says.

We will next hear from the ranking member of the full health committee, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, who is first raising questions about having a government witness with private counsel at the witness table and with a microphone.

Eshoo says this is a first.
When Bright came in with an attorney, she requested a mic. So, as a courtesy, she received one, but she is not a witness and she will not field any questions.

"she's simply accompanying her client."

There's concerns by other lawmakers about any potential whistleblower testimony being offered without being under oath. Eshoo says all witnesses know it is illegal to lie to Congres but in this subcommittee, unlike in ONI, they don't swear people in.

Walden begins by acknowledging that there has been long simmering problems around the national stockpile of critical equipment needed to fight a pandemic.

While Walden lauds Trump, he says there is still much more to do.

We have asked for and will hold hearings on the need to reform the strategic national stockpile, Walden says.

We must find new ways to provide access to mental health and support healthcare workers, including those furloughed because their hospitals are closed, he adds.

Walden then laments the procedural set up of the hearing.
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CNBC: Whistleblower Rick Bright's complaint shows high likelihood of 'wrongdoing,' watchdog says

A government watchdog has preliminarily found a “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” in the removal of a vaccine specialist from a federal agency overseeing coronavirus response efforts, according to a document released Thursday.

The finding from the Office of the Special Counsel was revealed as Rick Bright, who has filed a whistleblower complaint, was set to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health about the circumstances of his unwilling transfer to another health agency.

Bright has claimed he was removed as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority after resisting efforts to increase access to an anti-malarial drug promoted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for Covid-19.

In his complaint, Bright alleged that employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response “engaged in conduct that may constitute violations of law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety; and censorship related to scientific research,” OSC noted in a letter to Bright released Thursday.
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Burgess still pushing hydroxychloroquine. Amazing. :roll:
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Thu May 14, 2020 11:04 am
Burgess still pushing hydroxychloroquine. Amazing. :roll:
Yes, quoting unnamed doctors he's "talked to."

I really hate these 5 minute back and forths. It's impossible to get good information and most of these congress critters don't ask questions very well.
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This energy and commerce committee hearing with Rick Bright is brutal for the admin. Bright is just dumping all over the TRUMP admin and, since the admin passed, NO ONE is there defending the president.

BRIGHT is now casting doubt on 12-18 mo timeline for vaccine.
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In an effort to protect Trump the Republican members of the subcommittee are beclowning themselves. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) was next to do so. While he didn't say "what do you have to lose?" he was pretty much pushing the Trump bullshit.

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Bright says he thinks it will take longer than expected to develop a coronavirus vaccine
"A lot of optimism is swirling around a 12 to 18 month time frame if everything goes perfectly. We've never seen everything go perfectly" https://cbsnews.com/news/rick-bright-wh ... 020-05-14/
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Dr Fauci is in a completely different role. He advises. Dr Bright was in a procurement role. Totally different. And that is why Fauci has not YET been removed from his position. Because he is not involved in procurement, he can't stand in the way of inappropriate procurement. Rep Long is an idiot.
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