Federal posts unfilled 8 months into Trump administration

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DENVER (AP) — A slow hiring pace by the Donald Trump administration in Colorado and surrounding states has produced a spate of vacant top federal jobs.

The delays affect law enforcement, the environment, housing and other policy.

Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha co-chaired Trump's Colorado presidential campaign and participates in the vetting process for federal appointments.

Blaha says the bottleneck stems in part from background checks and the U.S. Senate's slow work pace.

Pending appointments are awaiting in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota — an area collectively designated "Region 8" by the federal government.