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Appointments Analysis

Tracking 991 appointed positions requiring Senate confirmation Tracking 220 critical positions requiring Senate confirmation
Pace of
 —4.3% Slightly behind pace of previous White Houses Pace of Stand Up: —52.6% Considerably behind the pace of previous administrations
Pace of
—42.3% Considerably behind pace of previous administrations
Last Updated: 2/23/2017 @ 2AM EST

The White House Transition Project documents the pace at which a new administration fills out the American executive branch through its appointments power. WHTP measures the pace of appointments in two ways. First, we track 991 presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation (known as “PAS” positions). For these appointments, we track the pace of nominations and the pace of confirmations, measuring both against a projected historical average based on the three previous administrations. Second, WHTP identifies and tracks a core of 220 positions critical to the functions of government. These positions include those concerned with national security, managing the economy, managing the executive agencies, and carrying through on key agenda items.  We believe that successfully filling out this second group of positions effectively “stands up” the American executive.

WHTP reports both these results every 5 days. See our Appointments page for more detailed information.

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MoodyBanner_ScaledFor the 2017 cycle, the White House Transition Project and our partners at Rice University’s Baker Institute and the National Archives have presented a series of conferences covering a range of issues associated with presidential transitions, including a conference focused on handling a confrontation in the South China Sea that resembles the actual conflict that is ongoing in this part of the world.
DocBanner_12-18-16The White House Transition Project in coordination with our partners in the Moody Series on Presidential Leadership presents relevant content to professional and academic audiences. At our October 2016 event at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library we produced a live discussion panel simulation similar to the events that transpired in the South China Sea only weeks before. See how our expert panel managed the crisis scenario.