Obama met Tuesday with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and, according to a White House summary, assured them he was committed to diversity in his administration.
Obama “has made it a priority to fill the ranks of his administration with appointees [with] diverse skills and backgrounds,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told us, so “future presidents can tap a personnel pipeline” of experienced and diverse candidates. In other words, they’re working on it.
Well, more top-level openings are likely in the next couple of years.
The federal government’s massive contracting process aims to cross all t’s, dot all i’s. Even when it comes to military chaplains.
Take, for example the FedBizOps solicitation number: N4223714RC002X2, a Navy request for a Roman Catholic priest for the submarine base at Kings Bay, Ga.
There’s a long list of regs involving “convict labor” and “segregated facilities” and “affirmative action for workers with disabilities” as well as a “contractor policy to ban text messaging while driving.”
We thought that Web site an odd place to advertise for a priest — after all, you could just call the Archdiocese for the Military Services here in Washington.
But, as it turns out, there is a chronic shortage of Catholic military chaplains as aging priests hit the military’s mandatory retirement age of 62, and replacements are not, for now, available — though the number of seminarians in the pipeline has increased substantially.
So the Navy appears to be contracting out for help maybe from retired priests. Hey! What about recently retired
Pope Benedict XVI
? He might be able to fill in maybe — part time.
Oh, wait. There’s something in the solicitation about the need to “Buy American”— and he’s German.
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