Administration Protects Bush Appointees by Converting Positions to Career Civil Service Jobs - washingtonpost.com Bush "Burrowing" Key Political Appointees In Career Civil Service Jobs This means that even though Bush & the Neo Cons are out of office, they still have some say in what gets done. We need to get rid of all these Bush appointees into "career" positions. Time to retire! Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department's top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies -- including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions -- into senior civil service posts. The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called "burrowing" by career officials, creates federal sinecures for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs. Even in the Justice Department: Bush Appointed Attorneys: 'We're Not Leaving' An internal report issued this week by the Justice Department brought attention to the Bush Administration's efforts to "burrow" partisan ideologues deep in career civil service positions at the department. But even a few of Bush's political appointees at Justice are giving the new Obama administration trouble. Though their lease may technically run out on January 20, U.S. Attorneys Mary Beth Buchanan of Pittsburgh and Alice Martin of Birmingham are resolved to stay in their posts. The Daily Beast has learned that both are arguing to the Obama transition team that their efforts to convict Democrats should guarantee them an extended stay into the Obama presidency.