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Joe Biden has picked67nominees to fill key roles in his administration so far

Presidents are required to fill roughly 4,000 politically appointed positions in the executive branch and independent agencies, including more than 1,250 that require Senate confirmation. The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service are tracking nominees for roughly 800 of those 1,250 positions, including Cabinet secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsels, ambassadors and other critical leadership positions.

President Biden’s government transition, beset by delays stemming from the late flip of Senate control to Democrats, has lagged in comparison with his predecessors’ transitions.

None of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries who lead the largest federal departments were confirmed on Inauguration Day, compared with Trump’s two and Obama’s six secretaries confirmed on Day 1. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was the first to win Senate approval two days later. Trump and Obama had 15 Cabinet secretaries in place within the first 100 days.

Lloyd AustinJanet YellenAntony BlinkenPete ButtigiegAlejandro MayorkasDenis McDonoughTom VilsackJennifer GranholmMiguel CardonaGina RaimondoMerrick GarlandMarcia L. FudgeDeb HaalandXavier BecerraMarty Walsh

The Senate did approve Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence, a role that is also at the Cabinet level, on Day 1.

The White House withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget in early March, the first Cabinet-level defeat for the administration. Tanden faced bipartisan opposition from senators because of past comments she made on Twitter.

Avril HainesLinda Thomas-GreenfieldCecilia RouseMichael S. ReganIsabel GuzmanNeera TandenKatherine TaiEric Lander

To fill the positions tracked here, Biden must formally nominate candidates to be confirmed by the Senate as part of its “advice and consent” responsibilities under the Constitution. From announcement to confirmation, a nominee must pass through several steps, including a formal nomination, a referral to at least one Senate committee, a committee hearing and an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.



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