Here's a bipartisan program that is saving taxpayers millions every year: nearly 250 of the government's 726 most senior jobs are going unfilled, an unusually slow pace even by Clinton standards. Posts prestigious and powerful are going begging: Surgeon General, ambassador to Russia, head of the Food and Drug Administration, five of the top six slots at Justice and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Several factors are at work:


In the beginning, there was EGG--for Ethnicity, Geography and Gender, the three factors used by Clinton to select nominees. Those characteristics still count, but sheer desperation to avoid any...

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