Political Appointees

Biden Promised the Most Diverse Administration Ever. Here’s How He’s Doing.

Seven figures that show the representation — and the gaps — in President Joe Biden's Cabinet and federal appointments.

Senate Committee Advances Biden's Nominees for USPS Board

Just one Republican joins all Democrats in approving the three governors-designate.

Are Reforms to the Federal Vacancies Act Still Needed Under President Biden? 

Experts say “yes.” A House lawmaker plans to reintroduce a bill soon to make improvements.   

Biden's Postal Board Nominees Pledge Better Service and Workforce Investments

Their confirmation would give Democrat-aligned members a majority of the nine Senate-confirmed slots on the USPS board of governors, but the board would still be unlikely to fire Postmaster General DeJoy.

Thirty-Five Trump Appointees Have Converted to Career Federal Jobs Over the Last Year

Six more Trump-era politicals who sought to "burrow in" at the 11th hour are currently pending review.

Groups Renew Push to Finally Make Federal Employee Appeals Board Fully Functional

More than 3,000 federal worker appeals are currently languishing before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

‘Immediate Relief Is Really Critical’: Isabella Guzman on Her New Role as Head of the Small Business Administration

Guzman is leading a department that will shepherd an influx of federal cash to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. She says she wants to prioritize women and people of color.

Dr. Rachel Levine Makes Transgender History in Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of HHS

Levine is the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history, but she faced anti-trans sentiments on her road to the historic confirmation.

How New Agency Leaders Can Get Off to a Successful Start

Whether you’re a new appointee or a career executive starting a new assignment, take some advice from your predecessors.

There’s Nothing Historic About Biden’s NASA Pick

After 62 years, the space agency will have to wait a little longer for its first female leader.

Dozens of Lawmakers Call on Biden to Replace Entire USPS Board

Biden has nominated individuals to fill three vacancies, but House members say board must start from scratch.

At the Women’s Bureau, a Renewed Focus on Passing Paid Leave and LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Wendy Chun-Hoon, the new director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, speaks with The 19th about what needs to inform policies during a perilous time for women in the workplace.

Deb Haaland Confirmed as First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo will head the Interior Department, which oversees public lands and administers programs related to 550 federally recognized tribes.

New Attorney General Thanks Employees for Their Public Service, Vows Commitment to ‘Norms’

Merrick Garland addresses the Justice Department’s over 115,000 employees on his first day in office. 

After Confirmation: The Golden Hour for Political Appointees

What senior leaders should expect and how they can make the most of the opportunity they’ve been given.

OMB Nominees Pledge to Avoid Future Shutdowns, Improve Budget Stewardship

Biden’s picks for deputy director and deputy director for management told lawmakers they are committed to transparency and improving fiscal oversight.