THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING POLITICAL APPOINTEES POWER OVER APPORTIONING FEDERAL FUNDSOffice of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought transferred the authority to make apportionment decisions from career staff to political appointees.
Vought took over as acting director in January 2019, when Prznint McGrifter hired then-OMB Director Mick-the-Knife Mulvaney as his chief of staff. Vought was FINALLY confirmed by the Republican Senate as last month — thus making this memo (one of?) his first moves in his official capacity as director.
The career staff at OMB has been responsible for signing off on the legality of the federal government’s spending. Now, people without training or expertise, who are there primarily to advance The 4th Reich’s agenda have that authority. So Congress authorizes money and this guy can tell the departments how to divvy it up? I think it’s starve a cold and feed a fever, but it is always starve the oversight and gimme the cheddar to a grifter.
But wait! There’s more!
Vought’s memo gives himself authority to approve apportionment decisions himself. Cool, cool.
If you read the article, you will learn that Vought’s highlight reel includes: illegally withholding aid funds to help Hair Füror extort Ukraine and defying a congressional subpoena to answer questions about it.
So, we got that working for us.