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Topic - Paul C. Light
The sequester cuts are now officially in place, but many government agencies appear to be hiring freely anyway.
The new Democrat-controlled Senate has confirmed just 29 percent of President Bush's nominations so far this year, leaving many government agencies without key officials and slowing work to a crawl in some departments.
"It freezes action at the career level. ... If you're in an agency where you want accelerated action, like Justice or Treasury or Homeland Security, the vacancies are quite significant in terms of stopping things from happening that you want to happen," he said.
A confirmation slowdown is not unexpected near the end of a president's term as members of the opposite party seek to leave positions open in hopes of having their own president make the nominations, said Paul C. Light, a professor at New York University.