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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Management Excellence Tracker was launched to follow the progress of filling around 50 key Senate-confirmable management positions from nomination through Senate review to confirmation across the current administration as well as the previous two administrations. The positions tracked remain mostly unchanged across the administrations. However, some positions were abolished or created during the past 16 years. We are tracking 49 positions for the Trump Administration, 49 positions for the Obama Administration, and 45 positions for the George W. Bush Administration.

The Trump administration is responsible for appointing thousands of people to essential government roles. Many of these appointed officials will be tasked with managing huge bureaucracies, some of which have 10,000+ employees and budgets in the billions of dollars. There have been too many management failures in the executive branch in recent years, including the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the Veteran’s Affairs medical system delays. It is essential that these management positions be filled by qualified individuals and in short order.

Our intent is to highlight those positions that require appointees quickly in place to handle large management and budget issues, and to track the efficiency with which those positions are filled.  At regular intervals during 2017, BPC will issue updates about the progress made in filling these key positions in government that BPC has highlighted as requiring management experience.

The first report below covers the first 200 days of each administration.

 Read our full analysis. 

As of the first 200 days of each administration

 


Trump administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee NameNomination DateHearing DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays from Nomination to HearingDays from Hearing to VoteDays from Nomination to ConfirmationDays from Inauguration to Confirmation
2017Department of StateDeputy Secretary of State for Management and ResourcesJohn J. Sullivan4/25/20175/9/20175/24/201795141529124
2017Department of StateUnder Secretary of State for ManagementEric M. Ueland6/15/2017146
2017Department of TreasuryDeputy Secretary of the Treasury
2017Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
2017Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of DefensePatrick M. Shanahan6/7/20176/20/20177/18/2017138132841179
2017Department of DefenseDeputy Chief Management OfficerJohn H. Gibson II6/19/20177/18/201715029
2017Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial OfficerDavid L. Norquist4/6/20175/9/20175/25/201776331649125
2017Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and ReadinessRobert L. Wilkie7/25/2017186
2017Department of JusticeDeputy Attorney GeneralRod J. Rosenstein2/1/20173/7/20174/25/20171234498395
2017Department of JusticeAssociate Attorney GeneralRachel L. Brand2/1/20173/7/20175/18/2017123472106118
2017Department of JusticeAdministrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
2017Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of InteriorDavid Bernhardt4/28/20175/18/20177/24/201798206787185
2017Department of InteriorAssistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Chief Financial OfficerSusan Combs7/11/20177/20/20171729
2017Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
2017Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2017Department of AgricultureDeputy Secretary of AgricultureStephen Censky7/19/2017180
2017Department of AgricultureChief Financial Officer
2017Department of CommerceDeputy Secretary of Commerce
2017Department of CommerceAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
2017Department of CommerceUnder Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
2017Department of LaborDeputy Secretary of LaborPatrick Pizzella6/20/20177/13/201715123
2017Department of LaborAssistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management
2017Department of LaborChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesDeputy Secretary of HHS
Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary of HHS for Financial ResourcesJohn J. Bartrum7/19/2017180
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)Seema Verma1/20/20172/16/20173/13/2017027255252
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA)Scott Gottlieb3/27/20174/5/20175/9/20176693443109
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesDirector, National Institutes of Health (NIH)Francis CollinsHOLDOVER FROM OBAMA
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesDeputy Secretary of HUDPamela Hughes Patenaude4/28/20176/6/20179839
2017Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
2017Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of TransportationJeffrey A. Rosen3/21/20173/29/20175/16/20176084856116
2017Department of TransportationAssistant Secretary of Transportation for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer
2017Department of TransportationAdministrator, Federal Transit Administration
2017Department of EnergyDeputy Secretary of EnergyDan R. Brouillette5/16/20175/25/20178/3/201711697079195
2017Department of EnergyUnder Secretary of Energy for Management and Performance
2017Department of EnergyChief Financial Officer
2017Department of EducationDeputy Secretary of Education
2017Department of EducationChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Veterans' AffairsDeputy Secretary of Veterans’ AffairsThomas G. Bowman6/26/20177/19/20178/3/2017157231538195
2017Department of Homeland SecurityDeputy Secretary of Homeland SecurityElaine C. Duke2/8/20173/8/20174/4/20171928275574
2017Department of Homeland SecurityUnder Secretary of Homeland Security for ManagementClaire M. Grady5/18/20176/28/20178/3/2017118413677195
2017Department of Homeland SecurityChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Homeland SecurityCommissioner, U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionKevin K. McAleenan5/22/2017122
2017Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, FEMABrock Long5/11/20176/7/20176/20/2017111271340151
2017Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, TSADavid P. Pekoske6/6/20176/21/20178/3/2017137154358195
2017Small Business AdministrationAdministrator, Small Business AdministrationLinda E. McMahon1/20/20171/24/20172/14/201704212525
2017Environmental Protection AgencyAdministrator, Environmental Protection AgencyScott Pruitt1/20/20171/18/20172/17/201700282828
2017Office of Personnel ManagementDirector, Office of Personnel Management
2017Office of Management and BudgetDirector, Office of Management and BudgetMick Mulvaney1/30/20171/24/20172/16/2017100171727

Obama administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee NameNomination DateHearing DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays from Nomination to HearingDays from Hearing to VoteDays from Nomination to ConfirmationDays from Inauguration to Confirmation
2009
Department of StateDeputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Jacob J. Lew
1/20/2009
1/22/20091/28/2009
02688
2009
Department of StateUnder Secretary of State for Management
Patrick Francis Kennedy
Holdover from previous administration
2009
Department of TreasuryDeputy Secretary of the Treasury
Neal S. Wolin
4/20/2009
5/8/20095/18/2009
90
181028
118
2009
Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
Daniel M. Tangherlini
6/3/2009
7/14/20097/24/2009
134
411051
185
2009
Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of Defense
William J. Lynn III
1/20/2009
1/15/20092/11/2009
0
02222
22
2009
Department of DefenseDeputy Chief Management Officer
Elizabeth A. McGrath
3/10/2010
3/23/20106/22/2010
414
1391104
518
2009
Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer
Robert F. Hale
1/20/2009
1/15/20092/9/2009
0
0202020
2009
Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Clifford L. Stanley
10/15/2009
11/19/20092/9/2010
268
3582117
385
2009
Department of JusticeDeputy Attorney General
David W. Ogden
1/26/2009
2/5/20093/12/2009
6
103545
51
2009
Department of JusticeAssociate Attorney General
Thomas John Perrelli
1/30/2009
2/10/20093/12/2009
10
113041
51
2009
Department of JusticeAdministrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
Michele Marie Leonhart
2/2/2010
11/17/201012/22/2010
378
28835323
701
2009
Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of Interior
David J. Hayes2/27/2009
3/12/20095/20/2009
38
136982
120
2009
Department of InteriorAssistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Chief Financial Officer
Rhea S. Suh4/20/2009
5/5/20095/18/200990
151328
118
2009
Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
Jonathan B. Jarvis
7/13/2009
7/28/20099/24/2009
174
155873
247
2009
Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Samuel D. Hamilton
7/6/2009
7/22/20097/31/2009
167
16925
192
2009
Department of AgricultureDeputy Secretary of Agriculture
Kathleen A. Merrigan
3/19/2009
4/1/20094/3/2009
58
13215
73
2009
Department of AgricultureChief Financial Officer
Evan J. Segal
6/1/2009
7/7/20097/20/2009
132
361349
181
2009
Department of CommerceDeputy Secretary of CommerceDennis F. Hightower
7/24/2009
8/5/20098/7/2009
185
12214
199
2009
Department of CommerceAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Scott Boyer Quehl
10/15/2009
11/18/200912/24/2009
268
343670
338
2009
Department of CommerceUnder Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
David J. Kappos
6/18/2009
7/29/20098/7/2009
149
41950
199
2009
Department of LaborDeputy Secretary of Labor
Seth David Harris
3/3/2009
5/7/20095/21/2009
42
651479
121
2009
Department of LaborAssistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management
T. Michael Kerr
3/26/2009
5/1/2009
65
36
101
2009
Department of LaborChief Financial Officer
James L. Taylor
3/3/2010
6/22/2010
407
111
518
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesDeputy SecretaryWilliam V. Corr
3/17/2009
4/30/20095/6/2009
56
44650
106
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary of HHS for Financial Resources
Ellen Gloninger Murray
6/1/2009
10/15/20092/11/2010
132
136119255
387
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Donald M. Berwick
4/19/2010
454
Never confirmed
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA)
Margaret A. Hamburg
3/25/2009
5/7/20095/18/2009
64
431154
118
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesDirector, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Francis S. Collins
7/9/2009
8/7/2009
170
29
199
2009Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDeputy Secretary of HUDRonald C. Sims
3/4/2009
4/23/20095/6/2009
43
501363
106
2009
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
Douglas A. Criscitello
11/10/2009
1/21/20102/11/2010
294
722193
387
2009
Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of Transportation
John D. Porcari
4/27/2009
5/19/20095/21/2009
97
22224
121
2009
Department of TransportationAssistant Secretary of Transportation for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher P. Bertram
7/9/2009
7/29/20098/7/2009
170
20929
199
2009
Department of TransportationAdministrator, Federal Transit Administration
Peter M. Rogoff
4/29/2009
5/19/20095/21/2009
99
20222
121
2009
Department of EnergyDeputy Secretary of Energy
Daniel B. Poneman
4/20/2009
5/5/20095/18/2009
90
151328
118
2009
Department of EnergyChief Financial Officer
Steven Jeffrey Isakowitz
Holdover from previous administration
2009
Department of EducationDeputy Secretary of Education
Anthony W. Miller
5/18/2009
7/24/2009
118
67
185
2009
Department of EducationChief Financial Officer
No Nominee
2009
Department of Veterans' AffairsDeputy Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs
W. Scott Gould
3/11/2009
4/1/20094/3/2009
50
21223
73
2009
Department of Veterans' AffairsAssistant Secretary of Veterans' Affairs for Management
No Nominee
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityDeputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Jane Holl Lute
2/25/2009
3/26/20094/3/2009
36
29837
73
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityUnder Secretary of Homeland Security for Management
Elaine C. Duke
Holdover from previous administration
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityChief Financial Officer
Margaret Ann Sherry
11/18/2011
3/29/2012
1032
132
1164
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityCommissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Alan D. Bersin
9/29/2009
252
Never confirmed
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, FEMA
William Craig Fugate
3/17/2009
4/22/20095/12/2009
56
362056
112
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, TSA
John S. Pistole
5/17/2010
6/10/20106/25/2010
482
241539
521
2009
Small Business AdministrationAdministratorKaren Gordon Mills
2/27/2009
4/1/20094/3/2009
38
33235
73
2009
Environmental Protection AgencyAdministratorLisa Perez Jackson
1/20/2009
1/14/20091/22/2009
0
022
2
2009
Office of Personnel ManagementDirectorJohn Berry
3/4/2009
3/26/20094/3/2009
43
22830
73
2009
Office of Management and BudgetDirectorPeter R. Orszag
1/20/2009
1/13/20091/20/2009
0
000

0

Bush administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee NameNomination DateHearing DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays from Nomination to HearingDays from Hearing to VoteDays from Nomination to ConfirmationDays from Inauguration to Confirmation
2001Department of StateDeputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Richard Lee Armitage
3/8/2001
3/23/2001
47

7815
62
2001Department of StateUnder Secretary of State for Management
Grant S. Green Jr.
3/8/2001
3/28/2001
47
13720
67
2001Department of StateAssistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Bancroft Burnham
10/16/2001
1/25/2002
269
2378101
370
2001Department of TreasuryDeputy Secretary of the Treasury
Kenneth W. Dam
3/8/20018/3/2001
47
21127148
195
2001Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
Edward Kingman Jr.
11/15/2001
1/25/2002
299
343771
370
2001Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of Defense
Paul D. Wolfowitz
2/15/2001
2/28/2001
26
12113

39
2001Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer
Dov S. Zakheim
3/13/2001
5/1/2001

52
42749
101
2001Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
David S.C. Chu
4/30/2001
5/26/2001
100
101626
126
2001Department of JusticeDeputy Attorney General
Larry D. Thompson
3/22/2001
5/10/2001
61
143549
110
2001Department of JusticeAssociate Attorney General
Jay B. Stephens
9/10/2001
11/8/2001
233
104959
292
2001Department of JusticeAdministrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
Asa Hutchinson
6/12/2001
8/1/2001
143
351550
193
2001Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of Interior
J. Steven Griles
4/30/2001
7/12/2001
100
165773
173
2001Department of InteriorAssistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Chief Financial Officer
Patricia Lynn Scarlett
5/14/2001
7/12/2001
114
372259
173
2001Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
Frances P. Mainella
6/14/2001
7/12/2001
145
131528
173
2001Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Steven A. Williams
9/25/2001
1/29/2002
248
22104126
374
2001Department of AgricultureDeputy Secretary of Agriculture
James R. Moseley
6/19/2001
7/12/2001
150
23023
173
2001Department of AgricultureChief Financial Officer
Edward R. McPherson
9/12/2001
9/26/2001
235
14014
249
2001Department of CommerceDeputy Secretary of CommerceSamuel W. Bodman
6/18/2001
7/19/2001
149
82331
180
2001Department of CommerceAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Otto Wolff
7/12/2001
8/3/2001
173
20222
195
2001Department of CommerceUnder Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
James Edward Rogan
5/24/2001
11/30/2001
124
16723190
314
2001Department of LaborDeputy Secretary of Labor
Donald Cameron Findlay
4/30/2001
5/25/2001
100
25
125
2001Department of LaborAssistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management
Pat Pizzella
4/25/2001
5/9/2001
95
14
109
2001Department of LaborChief Financial Officer
Samuel T. Mok
10/18/2001
1/25/2002
271
99
370
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesDeputy SecretaryClaude A. Allen
4/25/2001
5/26/2001
95
211031
126
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary of HHS for Financial Resources
Janet Hale
5/22/2001
1/25/2002
122
17771248
370
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Thomas Scully
4/30/2001
5/25/2001
100
16925
125
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA)
Mark B. McClellan
10/2/2002
10/17/2002
620
51015
635
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesDirector, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Elias Adam Zerhouni
4/29/2002
5/2/2002
464
123
467
2001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDeputy Secretary of HUDAlphonso R. Jackson
4/30/2001
5/24/2001
100
15924
124
20001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentAssistant Secretary of HUD for Administration
Vickers B. Meadows
11/15/2001
3/22/2002
299
3394127
426
2001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
Angela Antonelli
5/16/2001
7/12/2001
116
362157
173
2001Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of Transportation
Michael P. Jackson
3/8/2001
5/3/2001
47
48856
103
2001Department of TransportationAssistant Secretary of Transportation for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer
Donna R. McLean
4/3/2001
5/25/2001
73
43952
125
2001Department of TransportationAdministrator, Federal Transit Administration
Jennifer L. Dorn
5/24/2001
7/12/2001
124
282149
173
2001Department of EnergyDeputy Secretary of Energy
Francis S. Blake
4/30/2001
5/25/2001
100
91625
125
2001Department of EnergyChief Financial Officer
Bruce Marshall Carnes
4/23/2001
5/25/2001
93
161632
125
2001Department of EducationDeputy Secretary of Education
William D. Hansen
4/23/2001
5/22/2001
93
29
122
2001Department of EducationChief Financial Officer
Jack Martin
11/5/2001
1/25/2002
289
81
370
2001Department of Veterans' AffairsDeputy Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs
Leo S. Mackay Jr.
4/30/2001
5/24/2001
100
16824
124
2001Department of Veterans' AffairsAssistant Secretary of Veterans' Affairs for Management
William H. Campbell
6/6/2002
11/19/2002
502
166
668
2001Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, FEMA
Joe M. Allbaugh
2/6/2001
2/15/2001
17
729
26
2001Small Business AdministrationAdministratorHector V. Barreto
5/1/2001
7/25/2001
101
79685
186
2001Environmental Protection AgencyAdministratorChristine Todd Whitman
1/20/2001
1/30/2001
0
01010
10
2001Office of Personnel ManagementDirectorKay Coles James
4/30/2001
7/11/2001
100
522072
172
2001Office of Management and BudgetDirectorMitchell E. Daniels Jr.
1/20/2001
1/23/2001
0
033

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