They are ‘acting’ and Trump NEVER bothered to get them confirmed by Congress reports the Government Accountability Office…
The employees in the department should Not be following their instructions and orders…
I doubt this is gonna change though…
Donald Trump thru his actions has confirmed that President’s have NOT counter balance to physically stop them from doing illegal things….
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said any policy decisions made by Mr. Wolf or Mr. Cuccinelli should be nullified, and the men should step down.
“President Trump’s efforts to install political sycophants to implement his extreme policies in an end run around the law and Senate have finally caught up with him,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. “The determination by an independent congressional watchdog today invalidates actions Mr. Cuccinelli and Mr. Wolf have taken and both should immediately step down from their illegal roles.”
But the White House has ignored such findings before. Last year, an independent government agency said Mr. Trump should fire Kellyanne Conway, his White House counselor, for repeated violations of an ethics law, the Hatch Act, which bars partisan politics from the federal workplace. The recommendation by the agency, called the Office of Special Counsel, went nowhere.
The Vacancies Reform Act provides specific rules for how senior positions at federal agencies can be filled temporarily when a top official leaves. It requires that only certain officials in a department’s existing chain of command can be tapped as “acting” leaders while a president seeks Senate confirmation of a permanent replacement.
Mr. Trump’s administration has repeatedly sought to ignore the order of succession defined by the Vacancies Reform Act, seeking instead to elevate officials seen as more loyal to the president and his agenda than the civil servants who were in line to take on the “acting” positions.
In the cases of Mr. Wolf and Mr. Cuccinelli, the report found that the administration improperly skipped over the proper individual to succeed Ms. Nielsen — the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency — and instead installed Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to serve as acting secretary.
When Mr. McAleenan later resigned, the Government Accountability Office said, the administration’s subsequent moves involving Mr. Wolf and Mr. Cuccinelli were “also improper because they relied on an amended designation made by Mr. McAleenan.”….