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.

ASHTON CARTER MAY REPLACE CHUCK HAGEL AT DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, OFFICIAL SAYS Ashton B. Carter, a low-key weapons specialist and longtime Pentagon official, has emerged as the odds-on favorite to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was ousted last week, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. President Obama, the official said, is leaning toward nominating Mr. Carter, barring last-minute complications, though he has not made a final decision. With two other prominent candidates for the post withdrawing their names, Mr. Carter is essentially the last man standing. Click here for the full article from the New York Times (12/2/14).

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