February 15, 2017
Ananda Bhatia, Fellow, Partnership for Public Service
While the Senate is focused on confirming the Cabinet secretaries nominated by President Trump, the administration must quickly begin to fill deputy secretary positions along with other members of departmental leadership teams.
Deputy secretaries frequently are designated as chief operating officers and are responsible for improving the management and performance of their departments along with having a say in development and implementation of policy.
During the past year, the Center for Presidential Transition has produced position descriptions for top appointees appointees within federal departments and agencies. We interviewed several deputy secretaries and found a common set of competencies and requirements for these critical positions:
President Trump and his team will need effective deputy secretaries to manage day-to-day operations and carry out their policies. Looking for these key competencies and requirements can ensure that they find the right candidates.