Appointee Watch: The 100-Day Mark

Last week, the Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of Labor. Last week, the Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of Labor. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

President Trump named a slew of new nominees to key administration posts last week, during the countdown to the 100-day mark since his inauguration.

Since January, the administration has been slow to appoint people to high-level jobs at federal agencies. There are about 4,000 political appointee positions across the federal government, 1,100 of which require Senate confirmation.

Last week, the Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of Labor. According to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, of 556 key positions that require Senate confirmation, 25 have been confirmed, 66 have been announced or formally referred to the Senate, and 465 positions remain vacant.

Recently announced appointees include:

Health and Human Services: Charmaine Yoest, assistant secretary of public affairs. Yoest is a senior fellow at the conservative American Values. She previously served as president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a nonprofit advocating for abortion restrictions in state legislatures.

Homeland Security: Brock Long, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Long is vice president at Hagerty Consulting, where he focuses on emergency management programs. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and he has served stints at FEMA as regional hurricane program manager and hurricane and evacuation liaison team leader.

Thomas DiNanno, assistant administrator for grant programs, FEMA. From 2004 to 2007, DiNanno was Homeland Security’s deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. Prior to that, he served as special assistant to the chief of staff for the agency, and he was director of corporate relations in the White House Office of Homeland Security from 2001 until 2003.

Richard Staropoli, chief information officer. Staropoli most recently was managing director and counter-party risk and chief information security officer at the hedge fund Fortress Investment Group. He had a 25-year career as a U.S. Secret Service agent, including service within the presidential protective division.

Housing and Urban Development: Pamela Patenaude, deputy secretary. Patenaude is president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families, a housing policy-focused nonprofit. She previously served as director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission.

Interior: David Bernhardt, deputy secretary. Bernhardt most recently served on the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, and was U.S. commissioner to the International Boundary Commission, U.S. and Canada. He held a number of posts within the Interior Department, including solicitor and chief legal officer.

Treasury: Jovita Carranza, treasurer of the United States. Carranza is the founder of the JCR Group, a consulting firm. She previously served as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration under President George W. Bush, and before entering the public sector she had a long career with UPS.

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