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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 100 days of each administration.

 

As of the first 100 days of each administration.

 


Trump administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee Name Nomination DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays from Nomination to ConfirmationDays from Inauguration to Confirmation
2017Department of StateDeputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
John J. Sullivan4/25/201795
2017Department of StateUnder Secretary of State for Management
2017Department of TreasuryDeputy Secretary of the Treasury
2017Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
2017Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of Defense
2017Department of DefenseDeputy Chief Management Officer
2017Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer
David L. Norquist4/6/2017
76
2017Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
2017Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General
Rod J. Rosenstein
2/1/2017
4/25/2017
12
83
95
2017Department of Justice Associate Attorney General
Rachel L. Brand
2/1/2017
12
2017Department of Justice Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
2017Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of Interior
David Bernhardt4/28/2017
98
2017Department of InteriorAssistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Chief Financial Officer
2017Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
2017Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2017Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
2017Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer
2017Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary of CommerceTodd M. Ricketts1/20/20170
2017Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
2017Department of Commerce Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
2017Department of LaborDeputy Secretary of Labor
2017Department of LaborAssistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management
2017Department of LaborChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesDeputy Secretary of HHS
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Seema Verma1/20/2017
3/13/2017
05252
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA)
Scott Gottlieb
3/27/2017
66
2017Department of Health and Human ServicesDirector, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2017Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDeputy Secretary of HUD
Pamela Hughes Patenaude
4/28/2017
98
2017Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentAssistant Secretary of HUD for Administration
2017Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
2017Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of Transportation
Jeffrey A. Rosen
3/21/2017
60
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 Energy
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’ Affairs
2017Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Elaine C. Duke
2/8/2017
4/4/2017
19
55
74
2017Department of Homeland SecurityUnder Secretary of Homeland Security for Management
2017Department of Homeland SecurityChief Financial Officer
2017Department of Homeland SecurityCommissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
2017Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, FEMA
2017Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, TSA
2017Small Business AdministrationAdministratorLinda E. McMahon
1/20/2017
2/14/2017
025
25
Environmental Protection AgencyAdministratorScott Pruitt
1/20/2017
2/17/2017
0
28
28
Office of Personnel Management Director
Office of Management and BudgetDirector Mick Mulvaney
1/30/2017
2/16/2017
10
17
27

Obama administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee Name Nomination DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays 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
1/28/2009
088
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
5/18/2009
90
28
118
2009
Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
Daniel M. Tangherlini
6/3/2009
7/24/2009
134
51
185
2009
Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of Defense
William J. Lynn III
1/20/2009
2/11/2009
0
22
22
2009
Department of DefenseDeputy Chief Management Officer
Elizabeth A. McGrath
3/10/2010
6/22/2010
414
104
518
2009
Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer
Robert F. Hale
1/20/2009
2/9/2009
0
2020
2009
Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Clifford L. Stanley
10/15/2009
2/9/2010
268
117
385
2009
Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General
David W. Ogden
1/26/2009
3/12/2009
6
45
51
2009
Department of Justice Associate Attorney General
Thomas John Perrelli
1/30/2009
3/12/2009
10
41
51
2009
Department of Justice Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
Michele Marie Leonhart
2/2/2010
12/22/2010
378
323
701
2009
Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of Interior
David J. Hayes2/27/2009
5/20/2009
38
82
120
2009
Department of InteriorAssistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Chief Financial Officer
Rhea S. Suh4/20/2009
5/18/200990
28
118
2009
Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
Jonathan B. Jarvis
7/13/2009
9/24/2009
174
73
247
2009
Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Samuel D. Hamilton
7/6/2009
7/31/2009
167
25
192
2009
Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Kathleen A. Merrigan
3/19/2009
4/3/2009
58
15
73
2009
Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer
Evan J. Segal
6/1/2009
7/20/2009
132
49
181
2009
Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary of CommerceDennis F. Hightower
7/24/2009
8/7/2009
185
14
199
2009
Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Scott Boyer Quehl
10/15/2009
12/24/2009
268
70
338
2009
Department of Commerce Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
David J. Kappos
6/18/2009
8/7/2009
149
50
199
2009
Department of LaborDeputy Secretary of Labor
Seth David Harris
3/3/2009
5/21/2009
42
79
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 Secretary William V. Corr
3/17/2009
5/6/2009
56
50
106
2009
Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary of HHS for Financial Resources
Ellen Gloninger Murray
6/1/2009
2/11/2010
132
255
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
5/18/2009
64
54
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
5/6/2009
43
63
106
2009
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
Douglas A. Criscitello
11/10/2009
2/11/2010
294
93
387
2009
Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of Transportation
John D. Porcari
4/27/2009
5/21/2009
97
24
121
2009
Department of TransportationAssistant Secretary of Transportation for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher P. Bertram
7/9/2009
8/7/2009
170
29
199
2009
Department of TransportationAdministrator, Federal Transit Administration
Peter M. Rogoff
4/29/2009
5/21/2009
99
22
121
2009
Department of EnergyDeputy Secretary of Energy
Daniel B. Poneman
4/20/2009
5/18/2009
90
28
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
4/3/2009
50
23
2009
Department of Veterans' AffairsAssistant Secretary of Veterans' Affairs for Management
No Nominee
2009
Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Jane Holl Lute
2/25/2009
4/3/2009
36
37
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
5/12/2009
56
56
112
2009
Department of Homeland SecurityAdministrator, TSA
John S. Pistole
5/17/2010
6/25/2010
482
39
521
2009
Small Business AdministrationAdministratorKaren Gordon Mills
2/27/2009
4/3/2009
38
35
73
2009
Environmental Protection AgencyAdministratorLisa Perez Jackson
1/20/2009
1/22/2009
0
2
2
2009
Office of Personnel ManagementDirectorJohn Berry
3/4/2009
4/3/2009
43
30
73
2009
Office of Management and BudgetDirectorPeter R. Orszag
1/20/2009
1/20/2009
0
0

0

Bush administration

YearAgency
PositionNominee Name Nomination DateSenate Vote DateDays from Inauguration to NominationDays 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

15
62
2001Department of StateUnder Secretary of State for Management
Grant S. Green Jr.
3/8/2001
3/28/2001
47
20
67
2001Department of StateAssistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Bancroft Burnham
10/16/2001
1/25/2002
269
101
370
2001Department of TreasuryDeputy Secretary of the Treasury
Kenneth W. Dam
3/8/20018/3/2001
47
148
195
2001Department of TreasuryChief Financial Officer
Edward Kingman Jr.
11/15/2001
1/25/2002
299
71
370
2001Department of DefenseDeputy Secretary of Defense
Paul D. Wolfowitz
2/15/2001
2/28/2001
26
13

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

52
49
101
2001Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
David S.C. Chu
4/30/2001
5/26/2001
100
26
126
2001Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General
Larry D. Thompson
3/22/2001
5/10/2001
61
49
110
2001Department of Justice Associate Attorney General
Jay B. Stephens
9/10/2001
11/8/2001
233
59
292
2001Department of Justice Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
Asa Hutchinson
6/12/2001
8/1/2001
143
50
193
2001Department of InteriorDeputy Secretary of Interior
J. Steven Griles
4/30/2001
7/12/2001
100
73
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
59
173
2001Department of InteriorDirector, National Park Service
Frances P. Mainella
6/14/2001
7/12/2001
145
28
173
2001Department of InteriorDirector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Steven A. Williams
9/25/2001
1/29/2002
248
126
374
2001Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
James R. Moseley
6/19/2001
7/12/2001
150
23
173
2001Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer
Edward R. McPherson
9/12/2001
9/26/2001
235
14
249
2001Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary of CommerceSamuel W. Bodman
6/18/2001
7/19/2001
149
31
180
2001Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Otto Wolff
7/12/2001
8/3/2001
173
22
195
2001Department of Commerce Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office
James Edward Rogan
5/24/2001
11/30/2001
124
190
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 Secretary Claude A. Allen
4/25/2001
5/26/2001
95
31
126
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary of HHS for Financial Resources
Janet Hale
5/22/2001
1/25/2002
122
248
370
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Thomas Scully
4/30/2001
5/25/2001
100
25
125
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA)
Mark B. McClellan
10/2/2002
10/17/2002
620
15
635
2001Department of Health and Human ServicesDirector, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Elias Adam Zerhouni
4/29/2002
5/2/2002
464
3
467
2001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDeputy Secretary of HUDAlphonso R. Jackson
4/30/2001
5/24/2001
100
24
124
20001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentAssistant Secretary of HUD for Administration
Vickers B. Meadows
11/15/2001
3/22/2002
299
127
426
2001Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentChief Financial Officer
Angela Antonelli
5/16/2001
7/12/2001
116
57
173
2001Department of TransportationDeputy Secretary of Transportation
Michael P. Jackson
3/8/2001
5/3/2001
47
56
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
52
125
2001Department of TransportationAdministrator, Federal Transit Administration
Jennifer L. Dorn
5/24/2001
7/12/2001
124
49
173
2001Department of EnergyDeputy Secretary of Energy
Francis S. Blake
4/30/2001
5/25/2001
100
25
125
2001Department of EnergyChief Financial Officer
Bruce Marshall Carnes
4/23/2001
5/25/2001
93
32
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
24
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
9
26
2001Small Business AdministrationAdministratorHector V. Barreto
5/1/2001
7/25/2001
101
85
186
2001Environmental Protection AgencyAdministratorChristine Todd Whitman
1/20/2001
1/30/2001
0
10
10
2001Office of Personnel ManagementDirectorKay Coles James
4/30/2001
7/11/2001
100
72
172
2001Office of Management and BudgetDirectorMitchell E. Daniels Jr.
1/20/2001
1/23/2001
0
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