Ready to Serve®: Resources for Prospective Appointees


Serving America through a presidential appointment is a great honor and responsibility.



Given the power, influence and vast resources of the federal government, both in the United States and abroad, trust in the integrity of presidential appointees and their commitment to public service is paramount.

Ready to Serve is a centralized resource that guides aspiring appointees through every step of the complex political appointment process. Get an early start and prepare.


Key Steps in the Appointments Process 

Each presidential administration may fill approximately 4,000 political appointments to help carry out the president’s agenda. People who fill these roles are held to high standards of integrity and undergo a rigorous vetting process.

  1. Submit resume for position(s) with the Office of Presidential Personnel.
  2. Gather information required for vetting forms (questionnaires, background checks, financial disclosure).
  3. Interview with the Office of Presidential Personnel or agencies and submit personal data questionnaires.
  4. With preliminary offer, submit online forms for background investigation (SF-86,SF-85) and financial disclosure (OGE Form 278e, OGE Form 450).
  5. Respond to requests for additional information.
  6. Work with agency ethics officials to resolve financial conflicts of interest.
  7. Prepare for Senate confirmation hearings (for Senate-confirmed positions only).
  8. Receive official appointment and take the oath of office.


How to Apply

To express interest in a political appointment in the current administration, please visit Join the Biden-Harris Administration on the White House website.  Private organizations also aggregate potential candidate information for particular skills or sectors. For example, the Leadership Council for Women in National Security advances gender parity in national security and foreign policy decision-making, in part by sharing a database of qualified women with Presidential Personnel Offices, while the Tech Talent Project works to increase the ability of the U.S. government to recruit modern technical leaders, in part by supporting prospective applicants. The Heritage Foundation Project 2025 also has created a resume bank for potential future administrations.