Vacant offices: Delays in Staffing Top Agency Positions, 82 S. Cal. L. Rev. 913 (2008)
Federal agencies make an astounding number of policy decisions, engaging in more lawmaking and adjudication than Congress and the federal courts. These policy judgments range from the seemingly trivial, such as the size of holes in swiss cheese, to matters of life-and-death importance, such as how to limit power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury. Adapted from the source document.