Political Appointees

OMB No. 2 Nominee Pledges to Restore Morale in the Federal Workforce 

"Often in these budget deals that come up, one of the main losers are federal workers," said Shalanda Young. 

Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were "muzzled" and "diminished" by the Trump team, especially during the pandemic. She aims to fix that.

GovExec Daily: Cabinet Progress and the Tanden Nomination

Courtney Bublé joins the show to discuss how President Joe Biden's nominees – including his controversial OMB pick – have fared so far.

Biden’s Cabinet of Many Women Shows Other World Leaders that U.S. Takes Gender Equality Seriously

Research shows that when one country – particularly a powerful one – puts more women in power, other nations tend to follow suit.

What’s the Justice Department Actually For?

A Senate hearing for President Biden’s attorney-general nominee is surfacing some big questions.

Why Democrats Are Fighting Over an Obscure D.C. Bureaucrat

Progressives and moderates are split over Michael Barr, the president’s likely nominee to become one of the banking industry’s top regulators.

‘Indian Country’ Is Excited about the First Native American Secretary of the Interior – and the Promise She Has for Addressing Issues of Importance to All Americans

If confirmed, Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico would be the first Native American to run the agency that interacts with tribal nations. But her agenda extends far beyond Indian Country.

GovExec Daily: Tanden and the State of Biden's Nominations

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss how the administration is filling out.

Biden's OMB Nominee Vows to Ensure Transparency and Government Efficiency 

Neera Tanden testified Tuesday for the first of two confirmation hearings. 

6 Ways New Appointees Can Work Effectively With Career Federal Employees

Advice from a former Obama administration official on how to smooth the transition.

New Job in the Biden Administration?

Congratulations, there may be a subpoena in your future. Here’s what you need to know.

The Deputy Secretary: Linchpin to Making Government Work

Sixteen former deputy secretaries share insights about a critical—but often ambiguous—job.

How Age Diversity in a Presidential Cabinet Could Affect Policies and Programs

Millennials and boomers advising Biden can look for common ground on climate change, student loan debt and other key issues.

Gina Raimondo’s Focus as Commerce Secretary: Inequality, Jobs and Climate Change

Commerce secretary nominee Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island, said in her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that she will focus on job creation with an eye on climate change and workers.