Announcing the Biden Political Appointee Tracker



Today, the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post announced the launch of a new political appointments tracker to follow the progress of more than 750 of President-elect Joe Biden’s Senate-confirmed political appointments. The tracker provides the most comprehensive public data available regarding the nomination and confirmation of senior political leaders.

Positions in the Biden Political Appointee Tracker include Cabinet secretaries, deputy and assistant secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsels, heads of agencies, ambassadors and other critical leadership jobs.

Featuring a new design and enhanced navigation, the tracker will deliver the most comprehensive data and analysis of the political appointment process, following positions from nomination through Senate confirmation.

The Partnership recommends that the president-elect have the top 100 department and agency leaders confirmed by the end of April 2021, with 300 more key political positions filled by the August 2021 congressional recess.

During President Donald Trump’s tenure in office, the tracker has been the preeminent source of information about political appointments and vacancies. The tracker has provided timely data illustrating how the Senate confirmation process has slowed to a crawl, with the average confirmation taking twice as long under President Trump as it did during the Reagan administration. The data on the Trump administration appointees will remain accessible and will continue to be updated as current appointees tender their resignations.

Visit the Center for Presidential Transition to learn more about the transition period, past presidential transitions and how to become a political appointee.

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