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Regulatory Agencies Lead the Nomination Race

By Ed O'Keefe

A handful of Obama appointees have been quietly exercising their power over the trappings of daily life, The Post's Lyndsey Layton reports in Tuesday's editions.

"They are awakening a vast regulatory apparatus with authority over nearly every U.S. workplace, 15,000 consumer products, and most items found in kitchen pantries and medicine cabinets."

The regulators are making changes so quickly partly because President Obama has appointed most of his nominees to federal regulatory agencies.

According to The Post's Head Count, Obama has just five more positions left to fill at three of the ten regulatory agencies: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

And though it might be an apples-to-oranges-to-kiwis comparison -- because of the size and scope of government agencies and departments -- Obama's nomination pace at the regulatory agencies is better than the seven jobs left to fill at five of the six agencies in the executive office of the president, the 56 vacancies at the 46 independent agencies, or the 108 positions that still need confirmed nominees at the 16 Cabinet departments.

Put another way, the total of announced, nominated and confirmed officials -- of the 507 posts being tracked by The Post -- grew by only 18 for all of August and September. The number has grown by only nine since Oct. 1, colleague Al Kamen wrote on Monday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Is this "normal" compared to the pace of past administrations? Or is it more indicative of some level of neglect of these agencies by the prior administration? I'd be somewhat shocked if the entire regulatory apparatus had to spend almost one year out of every four or eight just to restaff.

Posted by: DLiu | October 13, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Cass Sunstein is begining to wield his regulatory Czar Powers...

New Europe... HERE WE COME!!! REGULATE EVERYTHING!!! YOU DONT HAVE TO THINK FOR YOURSELF ANYMORE!!!!

Whoohoo!!! We can be JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE NOW...

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | October 13, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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