Acosta’s resignation means Labor secretary added to list of Trump posts with ‘acting’ leaders

Acosta’s resignation means Labor secretary added to list of Trump posts with ‘acting’ leaders

July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – A temporary gig isn’t necessarily temporary in President Donald Trump’s administration.

Staff departures or internal shakeups have left more than a dozen federal departments or agencies operating with temporary, or “acting,” heads instead of a permanent leader. Two of the acting heads have been in their role for more than a year.

The latest addition to Trump’s band of temporary leaders is Pat Pizzella, whom Trump named as acting Labor Secretary on Friday after Alex Acosta announced his resignation.

Trump seems in no hurry to replace some of his “acting” leaders.

“I like acting,” he told reporters in January, saying the temporary positions give him more flexibility.

Here’s a closer look at the departments and agencies that currently are operating without a permanent leader:

White House Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Mick Mulvaney is officially acting chief of staff even though he has been in the job since January.

Labor secretary

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announced Friday he is resigning. (Photo: Alex Brandon, AP)

Trump named Pat Pizzella as acting secretary on Friday after Alex Acosta announced his resignation. Acosta stepped down amid the furor over a plea deal he made more than a decade ago with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, a sex offender charged with human trafficking girls as young as 14. Acosta was the top federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida at the time.

Defense secretary

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