According to a report from Politico, staffers at the Department of Health and Human Services are updating their resumes to compete for the small number of jobs remaining in Washington in case Donald Trump loses his re-election bid.
More than two dozen staffers at HHS have left the department since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in February. Now, many others have one foot out the door according to 17 current and former HHS officials who spoke to Politico.
One senior official said: “There will be a mass exodus should the election go the other way. I’ve personally seen people working on their resumes inside the office. Its no secret.”
Many current and former officials told POLITICO that the coronavirus crisis has driven down morale at HHS and its agencies, saying that the round-the-clock nature of the response, unrelenting headlines about the Trump administration’s many fumbles and internal battles over policy have made the health department an especially difficult work environment.Excerpt from Politico report.
These departures would leave the department which oversees drug and vaccine authorizations severely under staff as we head into what is expected to be a dark winter as the coronavirus resurges in America. The staff shortages would last until a new president is sworn in on January 20, 2021.