DemDaily: Your Guide to the Cabinet

November 22, 2016

The Donald's transition team, which itself has undergone great transition, is scrambling to fill the country's top cabinet positions before Inauguration - just over eight weeks away.

Traditionally, the president-elect announces his cabinet nominees between Thanksgiving and Christmas - to prepare for the transition and confirmation hearings before the seating of the new Senate - which will be Tuesday, January 3rd for the 115th Congress.

The Senate will then hold confirmation hearings with the goal of confirming at least the top 15 posts before Inauguration Day Tuesday, January 20th - when the official transition period ends and all outgoing administration appointees tender their resignations.

There are currently 4,000 Presidential or "political" appointees,1,270 of which require Senate approval, including Cabinet secretaries, agency directors and ambassadors. It may take up to six months to complete all Senate confirmations.

The Cabinet (in order of succession)
Vice President
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense
Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health & Human Services
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security

Attorney General Nominee: US Senator Jeff Sessions

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments.

There are seven other "Cabinet level" positions which do not require Senate confirmation:

White House Chief of Staff (Appointed: Reince Priebus)
National Security Advisor (Appointed: Michael Flynn)
Administrator, Environment Protection Agency
Director, Office of Management & Budget
Ambassador, US Trade Representative
Ambassador, US Mission to the United Nations
Chair, Council of Economic Advisors
Administrator, Small Business Administration

The CIA and FBI Directors are two of approximately 55 separate "Independent Establishments and Government Corporations" that are appointed.

Reince Priebus, Former RNC Chair & new WH Chief of Staff

To-date, the Trump transition team has decided on one cabinet nomination (Senator Jeff Sessions/Attorney General), and two cabinet-level appointments.

Stay tuned for complete Cabinet updates!

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