The number of political appointees who sought permanent positions in the final year of former President Donald Trump’s term outpaced the number who did so under his predecessor during the same time frame, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

The nonpartisan government watchdog Accountable.US raised questions over Gray’s conversion to a career job citing his prior experience as an agriculture industry lobbyist. Gray did not respond to multiple messages. The Department of Agriculture and its risk management division both declined to comment.


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