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Does Obama’s Shadow Government Actually Exist?

The Washington Times found that President Obama successfully “burrow” 78 political appointees into career government jobs.

Is President Obama actually operating a “shadow government” inside the federal bureaucracy? It may not be as crazy as the mainstream media would have the public believe, according to a new report.

The Washington Times reported that Obama was successfully able to “burrow” 78 political appointees into career government jobs during a six-year period.

“Burrowing,” as they defined it, is the practice of moving short-term political appointees into career government jobs.

According to the report, Obama “burrowed” nine people in the Department of Homeland Security, eight in the Department of Justice, six in the Department of Defense, five in the Department of Treasury, and four each at Agriculture, Commerce, HHS, and the FDIC.

The Washington Times obtained a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which found that “seven of Mr. Obama’s political appointees switched to career jobs without obtaining necessary approval from the Office of Personnel Management. Of those, four were later denied the jobs by OPM and three left their posts.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who requested the GAO report, told the Washington Times that he requested the report because he wanted “to make sure executive branch employees knew they were being watched for improper burrowing.”