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  •  Temporary, Acting, Interim (2+ / 0-)
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    HiBob, MyBrainWorks

    Can someone clarify the tenures and confirmation requirements of each clasification?  Thanks.

    Hey, Bush: What do you say? How many kids did you kill today? (Repeat until he answers.)

    by NepentheRising on Mon Aug 27, 2007 at 07:29:38 AM PDT

    •  I don't think they have "official" definitions (0+ / 0-)

      but usually "acting" means for a short period when the official officeholder is expected to return. Comey was "acting" atty general when Ashcroft was in the hospital; Ashcroft took over again as soon as he was able.

      In this case, "temporary" seems to mean that Bush is not making a permanent recess appt.; he is signaling that Congress will be given the chance to approve (or not) the permanent replacement. (Hooray!)

      If "Temporary AG" Paul Clement is replaced by someone else, he will have been "interim".

      That's how I understand it, but as I said there's no official, legal definitions.

      •  Temporary and acting are interchangable (1+ / 0-)
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        in this case.  They mean the same thing in DC speak.  The position will be filled officially at a later date and so a person will temporarily fill the role in an "acting" capacity in the interim.  

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