1000 Days Of Firings, Resignations, And Withdrawals: President Trump’s Government-By-Chaos Is Failing The American People

October 18, 2019

At The Highest Levels, The Trump Administration Has Been Marred By A Continuous Stream Of Firings And Resignations. The Trump administration has consistently failed to work for the American people in part because of an extraordinary number of firings and resignations, many of them due to outrageous scandals and infighting within the Trump administration. According to data published by the Associated Press, more than half of the 42 individuals who have served in top Trump administration positions have done so in an “acting” capacity.

Major Nominations Withdrawn Or Defeated For Radical Views, Scandalous Behavior, Absence Of Qualifications, And Lack Of Bipartisan Support. Since the start of his administration, more than 80 of President Trump’s announced nominations have been withdrawn, often as past controversies have come to light. A number of judicial nominees have been forced to withdraw due to a clear lack of qualifications or views that are wildly out of the mainstream.

Departures From Senate-Confirmed Positions Have Resulted In A Never-Ending List Of Vacancies.  Senate-confirmed officials nominated by President Trump continue to leave their posts in the Trump administration.

Crucial Positions Across the Government Still Lack Nominees. The Trump administration has failed to submit nominees to more than one hundred key positions.

Ongoing And Rapid Turnover Of White House And Administration Staff Members Is Hampering The Executive Branch.  Firings and resignations among staff are contributing to a chaotic administration, with the Brookings Institution finding a turnover rate of 80 percent among President Trump’s senior advisers. The President who promised to “drain the swamp” has instead quadrupled the number of lobbyists serving in his administration, creating countless potential conflicts of interest.

At The Highest Levels, The Trump Administration Has Been MARRED By A Continuous Stream Of Firings And Resignations

Rick Perry (Secretary of Energy):  “Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding President Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine officials to investigate the son of a political rival, on Thursday told the president he would resign from the cabinet.” [New York Times, 10/17/19]

Kevin McAleenan (Acting Secretary of Homeland Security):  “Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is leaving his post, the latest casualty at the department responsible for protecting U.S. borders.” [NPR, 10/11/19]

John Bolton (National Security Adviser):  “President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.” [New York Times, 9/10/19]

Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence):  “Mr. Coats, a former senator and longtime pillar of the Republican establishment who angered the president by providing unwelcome assessments of Russia, North Korea and other matters, told Mr. Trump last week that it was time to move on, officials said.” [New York Times, 7/28/19]

Alexander Acosta (Secretary of Labor):  “President Trump’s embattled labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, announced his resignation on Friday amid continuing questions about his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier Jeffrey Epstein when Mr. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.” [New York Times, 7/12/19]

Emmet Flood (White House Counsel):  “President Trump said Saturday that Emmet Flood, a lawyer who joined the White House to help with the Russia investigation, would leave the job on June 14.” [Wall Street Journal, 6/1/19]

Kirstjen Nielsen (Secretary of Homeland Security):  “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned Sunday, as the president continues to fume over continued illegal border crossings.”  [CBS News, 4/8/19]

Linda McMahon (SBA Administrator):  “Linda E. McMahon, one of five women in President Trump’s cabinet and the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, stepped down on Friday as the head of the Small Business Administration, the White House announced.” [New York Times, 3/29/19]

Bill Shine (White House Communications Director):  “Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who joined the White House staff last summer to manage President Trump’s communications operation, has resigned and will move to the president’s re-election campaign, the White House announced Friday.” [Washington Post, 3/8/19]

James Mattis (Secretary of Defense):  “President Trump announced Thursday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would leave his position in February, marking the departure of an influential figure who has steered the Trump administration toward foreign policy continuity and restraint.” [Washington Post, 12/20/18]

Ryan Zinke (Secretary of the Interior):  “Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation to the White House on Saturday, facing intense pressure to step down because of multiple probes tied to his real estate dealings in his home state of Montana and his conduct in office.” [Washington Post, 12/15/18]

John Kelly (Chief of Staff):  “President Trump said on Saturday that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, would step down by the end of the year, the latest move in a long-planned staff shake-up as the president heads into the 2020 campaign facing growing peril from the special counsel and newly empowered Democrats.” [New York Times, 12/8/18]

Jeff Sessions (Attorney General):  “Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Trump’s request, ending the tenure of a loyalist Trump had soured on shortly after Sessions took office in 2017 because the former senator from Alabama had recused himself from oversight of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.” [Washington Post, 11/7/18]

Nikki Haley (Ambassador to the UN):  “President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned and will leave her post by the end of the year.” [CNN, 10/9/18]

Don McGahn (White House Counsel):  “White House Counsel Donald McGahn, who has led the Trump administration’s efforts to reshape the judiciary while confronting turmoil in the West Wing surrounding the ongoing special counsel probe, has decided to leave the White House, President Trump announced Wednesday.” [Washington Post, 8/29/18]

Scott Pruitt (EPA Administrator):  “Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on environmental regulations, resigned on Thursday in the face of numerous ethics investigations that doomed his tenure.” [New York Times, 7/5/18]

David Shulkin (Secretary of Veterans Affairs):  “The ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has been mired in scandal over his charging taxpayers for luxury travel expenses and the infighting among his senior aides, had been widely expected and was made official at 5:31 p.m. by presidential tweet.” [Washington Post, 3/29/18]

H.R. McMaster (National Security Adviser):  “Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursday.” [New York Times, 3/22/18]

Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State):  “President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.” [Washington Post, 3/13/18]

Hope Hicks (White House Communications Director):  “Her resignation came a day after she testified for eight hours before the House Intelligence Committee, telling the panel that in her job, she had occasionally been required to tell white lies but had never lied about anything connected to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” [New York Times, 2/28/18]

Tom Price (Secretary of Health and Human Services): “Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, resigned under pressure on Friday after racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights and undermining President Trump’s promise to drain the swamp of a corrupt and entitled capital.” [New York Times, 9/29/17]

Anthony Scaramucci (White House Communications Director):  “President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.” [New York Times, 7/31/17]

Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff):  “Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff who failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing, was pushed out on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure, and President Trump replaced him with John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security and retired four-star Marine general.” [New York Times, 7/28/17]

Mike Dubke (White House Communications Director): “Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, is leaving the White House — the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda.” [Axios, 5/30/17]

Michael Flynn (National Security Adviser): “Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.” [New York Times, 2/13/17]

MAJOR TRUMP NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN OR DEFEATED FOR RADICAL VIEWS, SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR, ABSENCE OF QUALIFICATIONS, AND LACK OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

Patrick Shanahan (Secretary of Defense):  “Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to be confirmed as Pentagon chief on Tuesday, President Trump said, plunging the Pentagon into leadership upheaval for the second time in six months.” [Washington Post, 6/18/19]

Andrew Puzder (Secretary of Labor): “The fast-food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be labor secretary on Wednesday as Republican senators turned sharply against him, the latest defeat for a White House besieged by infighting and struggling for traction even with a Republican-controlled Congress.” [New York Times, 2/15/17]

Ronny Jackson (Secretary of Veterans Affairs):  “Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from consideration to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs after lawmakers received damaging allegations that he created a toxic work environment, drunkenly wrecked a car and maintained poor prescription records while serving in the federal government.” [Politico, 4/26/18]

John Ratcliffe (Director of National Intelligence):  “President Trump on Friday abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official after questions by Republicans and Democrats about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé.” [New York Times, 8/2/19]

Tom Marino (Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy):  “Marino is stepping back days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.” [NPR, 10/17/17]

Sam Clovis (Under Secretary of USDA):  “Clovis has come under criticism recently for his lack of science credentials and for his role supervising George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who struck a plea deal on charges he lied to FBI investigators about his communications with Russia-linked contacts.” [Politico, 11/2/17]

K.T. McFarland (US Ambassador to Singapore):  “Ms. McFarland’s nomination had become embroiled in the controversy over the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, with some senators left wondering if she had answered questions deceptively when asked if she knew of discussions between Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, and a Russian ambassador.” [New York Times, 2/2/18]

Stephen Moore (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve):  “President Trump said he would not nominate Stephen Moore for a seat on the Federal Reserve board after several Republican lawmakers raised concerns about the conservative economist’s previous comments denigrating women.” [New York Times, 5/2/19]

Scott Garrett (President of the Export-Import Bank):  “Sens. Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Tim Scott of South Carolina joined all Democrats on the committee to oppose Scott Garrett, a critic of the Export-Import Bank who voted twice to eliminate it as a member of Congress.” [NBC News, 12/19/17]

Ryan Bounds (US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit):  “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after it became clear Thursday that a number of Republicans would oppose him over racially-charged writings in Bounds's record.” [Politico, 7/19/18]

Brett Talley (US District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama):  “Talley had been rated ‘unanimously unqualified’ for the post by the American Bar Association this year after an evaluation that questioned his experience. Talley had never argued a case, or even a motion, in federal court, he testified.” [NPR, 12/13/17]

Jeff Mateer (US District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas):  “Jeff Mateer, a top lawyer for the state of Texas who has described transgender children as evidence of ‘Satan's plan,’ will not become a federal judge.” [Dallas Morning News, 12/13/17]

Matthew Petersen (US District Judge for the District of Columbia): “President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee Matthew Petersen has withdrawn his name from consideration after a video went viral of him failing to answer basic questions about law in his confirmation hearing, according to an aide to a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.” [Huffington Post, 12/18/17]

Jonathan Katchen (US District Judge for the District of Alaska):  “Anchorage attorney Jonathan Katchen has withdrawn from his nomination to be a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for Alaska.” [Anchorage Daily News, 8/29/18]

Thomas Farr (US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina):  “Sen. Tim Scott announced Thursday that he would oppose the nomination of President Trump’s judicial pick Thomas A. Farr, ending a bitter confirmation fight centered on questions over how much Farr knew about a decades-old effort to disenfranchise black voters in North Carolina.” [Washington Post, 11/29/18]

Damien Schiff (Judge for the US Court of Federal Claims):  “Damien Schiff, one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees from last year who faced criticism for, among other things, writing that Justice Anthony Kennedy was a ‘judicial prostitute,’ withdrew from consideration for renomination earlier this year, Schiff told BuzzFeed News.” [BuzzFeed, 5/7/18]

Mark Green (Secretary of the Army):  “The decision by Green, Trump's second pick for the post, came after his nomination ran into trouble following a backlash after past controversial statements on LGBT issues, Islam and evolution were revealed.” [CNN, 5/5/17]

Michael Dourson (Assistant Administrator of the EPA):  “His withdrawal followed the release of several hundreds of pages of his correspondence with chemical industry officials while he was being considered for the E.P.A. job.” [New York Times, 12/13/17]

David Jonas (General Counsel of the Department of Energy):  “A Department of Energy nominee who co-wrote a piece in 1993 objecting to gay people serving in the military withdrew from consideration on Sunday.” [The Hill, 1/8/18]

Christopher Sharpley (CIA Inspector General):  “Christopher Sharpley, the acting Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency, is withdrawing his nomination after former colleagues alleged he retaliated against them for blowing the whistle on CIA IG officials' alleged mishandling of evidence.” [CNN, 7/20/18]

Kathleen Hartnett White (Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality):  “The White House has withdrawn its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, whose selection failed to gather momentum with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.” [Washington Post, 2/4/18]

Ann Marie Buerkle (CPSC Chairman):  “The head of the nation’s product safety regulator says she’s stepping down when her term ends in October, a surprise announcement that follows criticism for how the agency handled a recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and its decision to not force a recall of a jogging stroller.” [Washington Post, 6/18/19]

Nominations Withdrawn:

Department of Agriculture

Sam Clovis (Under Secretary of USDA)

Department of Commerce

Jeffrey Nadaner (Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement)

Todd Ricketts (Deputy Commerce Secretary)

Department of Defense

Philip Bilden (Navy Secretary)

David Ehrhart (General Counsel of the Air Force)

Mark Green (Secretary of the Army)

Anthony Kurta (Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense)

Ryan Newman (General Counsel of the Army)

Anne Patterson (Defense Undersecretary for Policy)

Patrick Shanahan (Secretary of Defense)

Charles Stimson (General Counsel of the Navy)

Vincent Viola (Army Secretary)

Dean Winslow (Assistant Secretary of Defense)

Department of Education

Timothy Kelly (Assistant Secretary of Education)

Department of Energy

David Jonas (General Counsel of the Department of Energy)

Department of Health and Human Services

John Bartrum (Assistant Secretary of HHS for Financial Resources)

Stephen Parente (HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation)

Robert Weaver (Indian Health Service Director)

Department of Homeland Security

Jeffrey Byard (FEMA Administrator)

Charles Cook III (DHS Chief Financial Officer)

Daniel Craig (Deputy Administrator of FEMA)

Thomas Homan (DHS Assistant Secretary for ICE)

Ronald Vitiello (DHS Assistant Secretary for ICE)

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michael Bright (President of Ginnie Mae)

Paul Trombino (FHA Administrator)

Department of the Interior

J. Steven Gardner (Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement)

Ryan Nelson (DOI Solicitor)

Raymond David Vela (Director of the National Park Service)

Department of Labor

Bryan Jarrett (DOL Assistant Secretary for Policy)

Scott Mugno (DOL Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health)

Andrew Puzder (Secretary of Labor)

Department of State

Victor Cha (Ambassador to South Korea)

Andrew Gellert (Ambassador to Chile)

Kathleen Kavalec (Ambassador to Albania)

Joseph Macmanus (Ambassador to Colombia)

Edward Masso (Ambassador to Estonia)

K.T. McFarland (US Ambassador to Singapore)

Jay Patrick Murray (Alternate Representative to the UN)

Heather Nauert (Ambassador to the UN)

Francisco Palmieri (Ambassador to Honduras)

Mary Catherine Phee (Ambassador to Qatar)

Austin Smith (Alternate Representative to the UN)

Susan Thornton (Assistant Secretary of State)

Eric Ueland (Under Secretary of State for Management)

Robert Williams (Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs)

Department of Transportation

Heidi King (NHTSA Administrator)

Department of the Treasury

Jim Donovan (Deputy Treasury Secretary)

Adam Lerrick (Assistant Treasury Secretary)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Ronny Jackson (Secretary of Veterans Affairs)

Administrative Conference of the United States

Jonathan Mitchell (Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States)

Central Intelligence Agency

Christopher Sharpley (CIA Inspector General)

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Ann Marie Buerkle (CPSC Chairman)

Council on Environmental Quality

Kathleen Hartnett White (Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality)

Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Dourson (Assistant Administrator of the EPA)

Export-Import Bank

Scott Garrett (President of the Export-Import Bank)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Jim Clinger (FDIC Chairman)

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Michael Stoker (Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service)

Federal Reserve System

Herman Cain (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

Marvin Goodfriend (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

Jean Nellie Liang (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

Stephen Moore (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

Inter-American Foundation

Kimberly Breier (Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation)

International Trade Commission

Dennis Devaney (Commissioner of the International Trade Commission)

Merit Systems Protection Board

Andrew Maunz (Merit Systems Protection Board Member)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe (Director of National Intelligence)

Office of Management and Budget

Frederick Nutt (Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management at OMB)

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Tom Marino (Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Office of Personnel Management

John Edward Dupuy (OPM Inspector General)

George Nesterczuk (OPM Director)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Louis DeJoy (Member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation)

Social Security Advisory Board

Michael Astrue (Member of the Social Security Advisory Board)

United States Agency for International Development

Mina Chang (Assistant Administrator of USAID)

Johnathan Miller (Assistant Administrator of USAID)

Mark Montgomery (Assistant Administrator of USAID)

United States Postal Service

Calvin Tucker (USPS Governor)

Federal Judiciary

Ryan Bounds (US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit) 

Thomas Farr (US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina) 

Jonathan Katchen (US District Judge for the District of Alaska)

Thomas Marcelle (US District Judge for the Northern District of New York)

Jeff Mateer (US District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas) 

Matthew Petersen (US District Judge for the District of Columbia) 

Damien Schiff (Judge for the US Court of Federal Claims)

Brett Talley (US District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama)

Peter Vito (US Marshal for the Western District of New York)

DEPARTURES FROM SENATE-CONFIRMED POSITIONS HAVE RESULTED in a Never-Ending List of Vacancies

Council of Economic Advisers

Kevin Hassett (Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers)

Department of Commerce

Michael Platt (Assistant Commerce Secretary)

David Redl (Assistant Commerce Secretary)

Gilbert Kaplan (Commerce Under Secretary)

Department of Defense

Phyllis Bayer (Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment)

Robert Daigle (DOD Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation)

Jay Gibson (DOD Chief Management Officer)

Robert Karem (DOD Assistant Secretary)

James Mattis (Secretary of Defense)

Guy Roberts (Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense)

Patrick Shanahan (Deputy Secretary of Defense)

Owen West (Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict)

Heather Wilson (Air Force Secretary)

Department of Education

Carlos Muñiz (General Counsel at Department of Education)

Douglas Webster (CFO at Department of Education)

Department of Energy

Rick Perry (Secretary of Energy)

Robert Powelson (FERC Commissioner)

John Vonglis (CFO of the Department of Energy)

Anne Marie White (Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management)

Department of Health and Human Services

Matthew Bassett (Assistant Secretary of HHS for Legislation)

Scott Gottlieb (FDA Administrator)

Tom Price (Secretary of Health and Human Services)

Department of Homeland Security

Francis Cissna (Director of USCIS)

Elaine Duke (Deputy DHS Secretary)

Claire Grady (Undersecretary of DHS for Management)

Brock Long (FEMA Administrator)

Kevin McAleenan (Acting Secretary of Homeland Security/USCBP Commissioner)

John Mitnick (DHS General Counsel)

Kirstjen Nielsen (Secretary of Homeland Security)

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Pam Patenaude (Deputy HUD Secretary)

Neal Rackleff (Assistant HUD Secretary)

Suzanne Tufts (Assistant HUD Secretary)

Department of the Interior

Joe Balash (Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management)

Ryan Zinke (Secretary of the Interior)

Department of Justice

Rachel Brand (Associate AG)

Rod Rosenstein (Deputy AG)

Jeff Sessions (Attorney General)

Department of Labor

Alexander Acosta (Secretary of Labor)

Katherine McGuire (Assistant Secretary of Labor)

Department of State

Kimberly Breier (Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs)

Steve Goldstein (Undersecretary of State)

William Hagerty (US Ambassador to Japan)

Nikki Haley (Ambassador to the UN)

Jon Huntsman (US Ambassador to Russia)

Sean Lawler (Chief of Protocol at State Department)

A. Wess Mitchell (Assistant Secretary of State)

Jennifer Newstead (Legal Adviser to the State Department)

Yleem Poblete (Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance)

Andrea Thompson (Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs)

Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State)

Mary Kirtley Waters (Assistant Secretary of State)

Department of the Treasury

Chris Campbell (Assistant Treasury Secretary)

Andrew Maloney (Treasury Deputy Undersecretary)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Thomas Bowman (VA Deputy Secretary)

David Shulkin (Secretary of Veterans Affairs)

Environmental Protection Agency

Holly Greaves (EPA CFO)

Scott Pruitt (EPA Administrator)

Bill Wehrum (Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence)

Susan Gordon (Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence)

Office of Personnel Management

Jeff Pon (OPM Director)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Ray Washburne (Overseas Private Investment Corporation President)

Small Business Administration

Althea Coetzee (SBA Deputy Administrator)

Linda McMahon (SBA Administrator)

Crucial Positions Across the Government STILL Lack Nominees

Numerous positions across the federal government have no nominee submitted to the Senate.

Department of Agriculture positions without nominees include Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

Department of Commerce positions without nominees include Undersecretary for Economic Affairs; Undersecretary for International Trade; Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information; Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement; and Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Department of Defense positions without nominees include Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer; Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness; Undersecretary of the Army; Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness; Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs; and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment.

Department of Education positions without nominees include General Counsel; Chief Financial Officer; Undersecretary; Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach.

Department of Energy positions without nominees include Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.

Department of Health and Human Services positions without nominees include Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources; Assistant Secretary for Legislation; Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; and Director of the Indian Health Services.

Department of Homeland Security positions without nominees include Secretary of Homeland Security; Deputy Secretary; General Counsel; Undersecretary for Management; and Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Department of Housing and Urban Development positions without nominees include Assistant Secretary for Administration and President of the Government National Mortgage Association.

Department of the Interior positions without nominees include Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management; Director of the Bureau of Land Management; Director of the National Park Service; and Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

Department of Justice positions without nominees include Associate Attorney General; Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Programs Division; Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division; and Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Department of Labor positions without nominees include Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs; Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy; Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health; and Assistant Secretary for Policy.

Department of State positions without nominees include Chief Financial Officer; Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs; Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy; Assistant Secretary of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance; Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International, Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs; and Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.  Ambassadorships without nominees include Belize, Brazil, Cuba, Honduras, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Panama, Qatar, and Ukraine.

Department of Transportation positions without nominees include Deputy Secretary; Undersecretary of Transportation for Policy; Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy; and Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Department of the Treasury positions without nominees include Chief Financial Officer, Undersecretary for Domestic Finance; Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets; and Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability.

Department of Veterans Affairs positions without nominees include Undersecretary for Health.

Environmental Protection Agency positions without nominees include Deputy Administrator; Chief Financial Officer; Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management; Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation; Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information; and Assistant Administrator for Research and Development.

Executive Office of the President positions without nominees include Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence positions without nominees include Director and Principal Deputy Director.

Small Business Administration positions without nominees include Deputy Administrator.

Ongoing And Rapid Turnover Of White House And Administration Staff Members Is Hampering The Executive Branch

White House

Helen Aguirre Ferré (White House Director of Media Affairs)

Michael Ambrosini (Director of the Office of the Chief of Staff)

Nick Ayers (Chief of Staff for the Vice President)

Stephen Bannon (White House Chief Strategist)

Darren Beattie (Speechwriter and Policy Aide to the President)

Eric Branstad (Senior White House Adviser to the Department of Commerce)

Steven Cheung (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Rapid Response)

Ty Cobb (Counsel)

Reed Cordish (Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives)

Rick Dearborn (Deputy Chief of Staff)

Johnny DeStefano (Counselor to the President)

Mike Dubke (White House Communications Director)

Boris Epshteyn (Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations)

Emmet Flood (White House Counsel)

Michael Flynn (National Security Adviser)

Zachary Fuentes (Deputy Chief of Staff)

George Gigicos (Director of Scheduling and Advance)

Sebastian Gorka (Deputy Assistant to the President)

Jason Greenblatt (Special Representative for International Negotiations)

Joseph Hagin (Deputy Chief of Staff)

Reagan Hedlund (Director of Policy for the First Lady)

Andy Hemming (Director of Rapid Response)

Hope Hicks (White House Communications Director)

Ben Howard (Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs)

Carl Icahn (Special Adviser on Regulation)

Jordan Karem (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations)

John Kelly (Chief of Staff)

Shahira Knight (White House Director of Legislative Affairs)

Gerrit Lansing (White House Chief Digital Officer)

Jon Lerner (National Security Adviser for the Vice President)

Mark Lotter (Press Secretary for the Vice President)

Rolf Lundberg (Deputy Director of the National Trade Council)

Omarosa Manigault Newman (Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison)

John McEntee (Personal Aide to the President)

Don McGahn (White House Counsel)

William McGinley (White House Cabinet Secretary)

Daris Meeks (Director of Domestic Policy for the Vice President)

Kristan King Nevins (Chief of Staff for the Second Lady)

Mark Paoletta (Chief Counsel to the Vice President)

Stefan Passantino (Deputy White House Counsel)

Jen Pavlik (Deputy Chief of Staff for the Vice President)

Josh Pitcock (Chief of Staff for the Vice President)

Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff)

Rob Porter (White House Staff Secretary)

Josh Raffel (Deputy Communications Director)

Lindsey Reynolds (Chief of Staff for the First Lady)

Michael Roman (Special Assistant and Director of Special Projects and Research)

Kelly Sadler (Special Assistant to the President)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Press Secretary)

Matt Saunders (Special Assistant to Jason Greenblatt)

Anthony Scaramucci (White House Communications Director)

Keith Schiller (Director of Oval Office Operations)

Bill Shine (White House Communications Director)

Michael Short (Assistant Press Secretary)

George Sifakis (White House Director of the Office of Public Liaison)

Cindy Simms (Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs)

Sean Spicer (Press Secretary)

Andy Surabian (Deputy Political Strategist)

Katie Walsh (Deputy Chief of Staff)

Lindsay Walters (Deputy Press Secretary)

Robert Wasinger (White House Liaison to the State Department)

Madeleine Westerhout (Director of Oval Office Operations)

Caroline Wiles (Director of Scheduling)

Paul Winfree (Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of Budget Policy)

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (Senior Adviser to the First Lady)

National Security Council

Michael Anton (NSC Spokesman)

Jennifer Arangio (NSC Senior Director for International Organizations)

Kris Bauman (NSC Adviser for Israel)

John Bolton (National Security Adviser)

Tom Bossert (Homeland Security Adviser)

Ezra Cohen-Watnick (NSC Senior Director for Intelligence)

Monica Crowley (NSC Senior Director of Strategic Communications)

Tera Dahl (NSC Deputy Chief of Staff)

Craig Deare (NSC Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs)

Fred Fleitz (NSC Chief of Staff)

Kirsten Fontenrose (NSC Senior Director for Gulf Affairs)

William Happer (NSC Senior Director for Emerging Technologies)

Derek Harvey (NSC Senior Director for the Middle East)

Rich Higgins (NSC Director for Strategic Planning)

Fiona Hill (NSC Senior Director for Europe and Russia)

Richard Hooker (NSC Senior Director for Russia, Europe, and NATO)

Rob Joyce (Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator)

Garrett Marquis (NSC Spokesman)

H.R. McMaster (National Security Adviser)

Dina Powell (Deputy National Security Adviser)

Mira Ricardel (Deputy National Security Adviser)

Christine Samuelian (NSC Scheduler)

Nadia Schadlow (Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy)

Sarah Tinsley (NSC Communications Director)

Robin Townley (NSC Senior Director for Africa)

Ricky Waddell (Deputy National Security Adviser)

National Economic Council

George David Banks (Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environmental Policy)

Michael Catanzaro (Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Energy and Environmental Policy)

Gary Cohn (Director of the National Economic Council)

Everett Eissenstat (Deputy Director of the NEC)

DJ Gribbin (Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure)

Jeremy Katz (National Economic Council Deputy Director)

Grace Koh (Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy)

Clete Willems (Deputy Director of the National Economic Council)

 

Office of Management and Budget

Marcus Peacock (Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of Management and Budget)

 

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Taylor Weyeneth (Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Council on Environmental Quality

David Sorensen (Speechwriter at the Council on Environmental Quality)

Department of Commerce

Justin Arlett (Senior Adviser to the Economic Development Administration)

Chris Garcia (Acting National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency)

Israel Hernandez (Senior Adviser to Secretary Ross)

Edgar Mkrtchian (Senior Adviser to the International Trade Administration)

Wendy Teramoto (Commerce Chief of Staff)

Fred Volcansek (Executive Director of SelectUSA)

Department of Defense

Thomas Goffus (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of Europe and NATO Policy)

Todd Johnson (Advance Officer)

Kevin M. Sweeney (Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense)

Department of Education

Taylor Hansen (Temporary Employee at Department of Education)

Jerry Ward (Staffer at the Department of Education)

Department of Energy

Sid Bowdidge (Staffer at the Energy Department’s Office of Technology Transitions)

William Bradford (Director of the Office of Indian Energy)

Bob Haus (Public Affairs Director at the Department of Energy)

Department of Health and Human Services

John Bardis (HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration)

Ximena Barreto (HHS Deputy Communications Director)

Tim Clark (HHS White House Liaison)

Brenda Fitzgerald (Director of the CDC)

Teresa Manning (Deputy Assistant Secretary at HHS)

Brian Neale (Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Gavin Smith (HHS Deputy Communications Director)

Department of Homeland Security

Randolph Alles (Director of the US Secret Service)

Carol Danko (ICE Spokesperson)

Katherine Gorka (Press Secretary for USCBP)

Jamie Johnson (Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS)

Andrew Meehan (Assistant Commissioner of CBP for Public Affairs)

John Sanders (Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection)

Guy Sands-Pingot (Deputy Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services)

Richard Staropoli (DHS Chief Information Officer)

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Johnson Joy (HUD Chief Information Officer)

Shermichael Singleton (Senior Advisor at HUD)

Suzanne Tufts (Assistant HUD Secretary for Administration and Chief Human Capital Officer)

Department of the Interior

Christine Bauserman (Special Assistant to Secretary Zinke)

Gavin Clarkson (Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary for Policy and Economic Development in the BIA)

Downey Magallanes (Deputy Chief of Staff of the Interior Department)

Bryan Rice (Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs)

Department of Justice

Sarah Isgur Flores (Director of DOJ Office of Public Affairs)

Department of Labor

Nick Geale (Chief of Staff to Secretary Acosta)

Jeffrey Grappone (Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs)

Matthew Miller (Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service)

Department of State

Maliz Beams (Counselor of the Department of State)

Julia Haller (State Department Senior Adviser)

Michael McKinley (State Department Senior Adviser)

Kiron Skinner (Director of Policy Planning for State)

Mari Stull (Senior Adviser at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs)

Kurt Volker (Special Envoy for Ukraine)

Department of Transportation

Heath Hall (Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration)

Department of the Treasury

Shannon McGahn (Adviser to Secretary Mnuchin)

Jordan Stoick (Chief of Staff to the Assistant Treasury Secretary for Legislative Affairs)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Peter Shelby (Assistant VA Secretary for Office of Human Resources & Administration)

Vivieca Wright Simpson (VA Chief of Staff)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Eric Blankenstein (Policy Associate Director for the Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending Division of the CFPB)

Corporation for National and Community Service

Carl Higbie (Chief of External Affairs at CNCS)

Daniel Pollack (Senior Adviser for Public Affairs at CNCS)

Environmental Protection Agency

Liz Bowman (Associate EPA Administrator for Public Affairs)

Kelsi Daniell (EPA Press Secretary)

Samantha Dravis (Associate Administrator of EPA’s Office of Policy)

Lincoln Ferguson (Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for Public Affairs)

Hayley Ford (EPA Deputy White House Liaison)

J.P. Freire (Public Affairs at EPA)

Onis “Trey” Glenn III (EPA Regional Administrator for the Southeast)

Sarah Greenwalt (Senior Counsel to the Administrator)

Millan Hupp (Director of Scheduling and Advance for EPA)

Albert Kelly (Senior Adviser for Superfund)

David Kreutzer (EPA Staffer)

David Schnare (EPA Staffer)

Jahan Wilcox (Strategic Communications Adviser)

Federal Trade Commission

Bruce Hoffman (FTC Bureau of Competition Director)

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Robert Blau (CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation)

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