The independent Government Accountability Office on Friday said two top Department of Homeland Security officials are not eligible for their jobs. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Kenneth Cuccinelli, his deputy, were appointed to their positions in violation of the Vacancies Reform Act, and the two top officials are "serving under an invalid order of succession," the watchdog said. When former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in 2019, the official who became acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, "had not been designated in the order of succession to serve," making "subsequent amendments to the order of succession ... invalid." Several Democrats called for the officials to resign or be removed from office. A DHS spokesperson said "we wholeheartedly disagree with the GAO's baseless report."
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