In a comedy bit, the comedian asks Max Stier about the vacancies and interviews regular Washingtonians for top-level positions.
One common theme of news coverage during the first year of the Trump's administration is that many of the high-level positions in the government remain unfilled as the White House fails to get confirmed appointees or even nominate others. According to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service's latest tracker, over 260 positions for Senate-confirmed posts are still vacant and many more lower-level positions remain empty.
Enter Late Show host Stephen Colbert.
The comedian headed to the nation's capital to try and fill every single empty federal job, including heads of important federal offices. Along the way, Colbert spoke to Partnership chief Max Stier to talk about the state of Trump's "skeleton crew" in government and asked people on the streets of Washington if they'd like to head up NASA, the Federal Highway Administration or even be the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.