About the Political Appointee Project


Since its inception in 2012, the Political Appointee Project has served as a valuable resource to those with a vested interest in the Presidential appointment process. With regards to the Political Appointee website, NAPA aims to identify the most important politically appointed positions in government, retain up to date information about the most recent political appointees, serve as a repository of profiles of key management positions in government, and provide insights to new political executives on the challenge of managing in government. This website is a byproduct of NAPA’s longstanding relationship with the Ernst and Young Initiative on Leadership and is also a component of NAPA’s larger Presidential Transition 2016 initiative.

DESPITE SENATE'S CONFIRMATION SPREE, MANY AGENCIES MAINTAIN KEY LEADERSHIP VACANCIES The Senate closed out a historically gridlocked 113th Congress with a rare display of productivity: the upper chamber confirmed dozens of President Obama's appointees in the final weeks of the legislative session. The confirm-a-thon filled the ranks of mid-to-high-level positions at agencies across government. But key leadership roles remain unfilled and many nominees will now have to decide if they once again want to grind through the legislative gears of the confirmation process. Click here for the full article from Government Executive (12/23/14).

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