Political Appointees

The High Cost of Leaving Key Federal Management Jobs Unfilled

Until President Biden gets key officials in place, it’s going to be difficult for him to make progress on his agenda.

Biden’s Census Nominee Pledges to Help Agency, Employees Recover From Tumultuous 2020

Director-designate says bureau suffered due to Trump's interference and pandemic's disruption.

Biden Ousts Trump Holdovers from Social Security Administration

Removal of the agency’s leadership follows a Supreme Court decision finding that laws barring a president from firing political appointees without cause are unconstitutional.

A Functioning Federal Employee Appeals Board May Finally Be in Sight After Biden Names Second Nominee

MSPB hasn't had a quorum in more than four years, but Republicans may push for further delay until a member of their party is nominated.

Senator Seeks Probe Into Potential Civil Service Violations Under Biden

Top Banking Committee Republican is demanding answers from the administration and asking the IG for a full investigation.

Ethics Experts Say Administration’s Hiring of Top Biden Advisor’s Kids Raises Questions

A White House official said the Ricchettis have relevant qualifications for their jobs and their levels of experience are similar to those of their predecessors.

Biden Employs Aggressive Strategy to Sideline Top Career Officials at Consumer Protection Bureau

Current and former employees say the administration is flouting civil service protections—and its own promises.

What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing?

The secretary of transportation is on the road, talking infrastructure with anyone who will listen.

Biden Administration Leaves Final Location of Interior Bureau an Open Question

The Trump administration moved the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado, a controversial decision that led to an exodus from the agency.

EPA Admits to Altering Science Under Trump, Pledges New Course

Senior management demanded modifications to scientific conclusions that "did not make sense," career employees said.

The Model for Fixing the DOJ

Joe Biden has inherited a department plagued by scandal, just as Gerald Ford did in 1974.

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.