Washington( CNN) The White House is placing responsibility for the large number of vacancies at the State Department on top diplomat Rex Tillerson and his staff, saying the secretary hasn't moved on recommended personnel to fill the openings.

The White House has suggested multiple nominees for every opensenior posture at the State Department and then some, a senior administration official said, including the deputy secretary and undersecretarieswho helprun relevant agencies and deputy secretaries who oversee regional bureaus.

Theofficial said Tillerson and his staff have not acted on the suggestionsor, in some cases, are still considering or vetting them.

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