Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 [email protected] Opinion: The U.S. government is designed for failure. And, a new study shows, it’s getting worse. August 9, 2021 Sixty years later, despite efforts at reform and widespread recognition of the irrationality, President Biden needs Senate approval for 1,237 positions — an increase of 59 percent, as a new report from the Partnership for Public Service discloses. We’ve gone from irrational to just plain crazy. How crazy? The Post and the Partnership are tracking 799 of those positions (leaving out some advisory boards and less essential jobs). As of this week, only 112 of them have been filled.