Political Appointees

Black Women Have Faced Intense Scrutiny during Confirmations. Ketanji Brown Jackson Was the Latest.

In a polarized era, many point to what they see as a potent partisan strategy: the weaponization of Black womanhood.

Biden's USPS Nominees Pledge to Reexamine Key DeJoy Initiatives

Nominees' confirmation would give Biden appointees a majority of the Senate-confirmed seats on the Postal Service board.

See Just How Much White Men Have Dominated the Federal Judiciary

As Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearings start, The 19th takes a look at the diversity of the federal judiciary since its start in 1789.

Shalanda Young, a Working Mom, Is the First Woman of Color to Take Charge of America’s Budget

Young, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, is one of more than 300 political appointees to be confirmed thus far.

A Senate Panel Will Consider Nominees for Two Boards That Govern Federal Employee Issues - Again

A lack of Republican cooperation meant candidates for key administration posts at FLRA and MSPB had to be renominated by President Biden this month.

House Republicans Probe Allegations of Political Interference in Agencies' COVID-19 Work

The Biden administration has "cast aside" an advisory panel related to vaccines, lawmaker alleges.

White House Charts Course for Better Protections of Civil Servant Scientists

New report calls for improved policies prohibiting interference and clearer punishments for those who meddle in scientific work.

Senator Seeks Feds' Assistance in Identifying Mistreatment of Career Staff

Committee has received allegations of political interference by Biden officials, Republican lawmaker says.

Biden’s FDA Pick to Prioritize Workforce Retention, Trust

Dr. Robert Califf already served in the role under the Obama administration. 

Senate Makes Historic National Park Service Director Confirmation 

Charles Sams III is the first confirmed leader in four years and the first-ever Indigenous American to lead the agency.

Biden Looks to Shake Up Postal Service Leadership With New Nominees

If confirmed, new nominees would give White House-backed members a majority on the postal governing board.

Biden Taps Veteran Journalist to Lead Global Media Agency

Workforce management and boosting morale are ongoing challenges the agency is working to address. 

Biden Announces FDA Commissioner Nominee 

Dr. Robert Califf previously led the agency for a brief stint.