The White House office that vets the president's political appointees is hampered by a small and inexperienced staff, The Washington Post reports.
The Presidential Personnel Office normally doesn't attract much attention, but President Donald Trump's administration lags far behind his predecessors' in terms of staffing.
The PPO, which is responsible for vetting over 4,000 jobs, has only 30 people on staff, less than one third of previous administrations. Most of these employees are in their 20s, with six senior officials over 35 having left shortly after the inauguration.
According to the Post, the PPO became a "social hub" for young White House staffers, hosting happy hours for employees to have beer, wine and snacks.
"No administration has done it as poorly as the current one," Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan group Partnership for Public Service, told the Post. Stier's group has been working with the newspaper to track Trump's political appointments.
"Despite historic obstruction from Democrats in Congress, the Presidential Personnel Office is filling the administration with the best and brightest appointees who share the president's vision for the country," said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah. "Staff work tirelessly and have experience consistent with the practice of previous administrations."
According to data from the Partnership for Public Service, Trump lags far behind the previous four presidents in appointments confirmed by the Senate.
Trump has had 387 appointees confirmed, with 177 sent but not confirmed. By this point in their terms, former President Barack Obama had 548 confirmed, George W. Bush had 615 confirmed, Bill Clinton had 619 confirmed, and George H.W. Bush had 481 confirmed.
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