Recommendation 2019-7 – Acting Agency Officials and Delegations of Authority offers agencies best practices for promoting greater transparency and compliance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 when a Senate-confirmed position sits vacant. It also addresses the use of delegations of authority in response to staffing vacancies. It urges agencies to determine whether they are subject to the Vacancies Act and, if so, establish compliance processes; improve transparency by disclosing on their websites information about acting officials and delegations of authority; and provide additional support and training to agency officials responsible for Vacancies Act compliance.
Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2019-7, Acting Agency Officials and Delegations of Authority, 84 Fed. Reg. 71352 (Dec. 27, 2019).
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