Political Appointees

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. 

13 Trump Officials Found to Have Violated the Hatch Act Ahead of 2020 Election

The Trump administration had a “willful disregard” for the law, Office of Special Counsel says.

Senate Confirms Second Ever Woman Solicitor General, Who Represents Federal Government before Supreme Court

Elizabeth Prelogar clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who was the first woman solicitor general. Her confirmation comes days before oral arguments on a Texas abortion ban.

Vacancies Act Deadline Looms for Many of Biden’s Acting Officials, But the OMB Director Is an Exception

A statutory provision allows the deputy director of the management and budget office to serve as the agency’s acting leader indefinitely. 

Federal Employee Appeals Agency Warns of Chaos if Court Intervenes in Dispute Over Its Judges' Authority

MSPB says it, not the court, should decide if its judges are hired in compliance with the Constitution.

Immediate Sidelining of Trump Burrower by Biden Administration Was Appropriate, IG Finds

The official's hiring by the National Security Agency had generated significant concern, but a watchdog says the decision was above board.

Federal Employee Appeals Board Now One Step Closer to Ending Years-Long Dysfunction

Biden's nominees to the Merit Systems Protection Board are now heading to the full Senate for a vote.

Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Still Hasn’t Picked an FDA Chief

The Food and Drug Administration has been mired in controversies related to drug approvals and covid vaccines, all without a permanent leader.

Biden Finally Nominates a Full Slate to Long-Vacant Federal Employee Appeals Board

The Senate can likely now proceed in restoring a quorum at MSPB for the first time in more than four years.

Republicans Demand Answers on Ouster of Social Security Commissioner

GOP lawmakers call the firing of Andrew Saul “unlawful” and ask the comptroller general to outline how acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi’s powers may be constrained by the Vacancies Act.