Publications

Analyses of Senate Confirmation Hearings

February 16, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Congress,Vetting

The Center for Presidential Transition examined the transcripts from the Senate confirmation hearings of 23 Cabinet-level and agency head positions. We isolated and categorized questions from the confirmation hearings of the two most recent officials confirmed for each selected position.

The Precedent for Pre-Inaugural Hearings

December 16, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress

Pre-inaugural hearings help ensure that a new president’s team is confirmed quickly and are ready to govern on day one. These hearings are traditionally granted to nominees for senior Cabinet positions and are essential at the start of a new administration.

President Obama Cabinet Nominations Data

July 28, 2020

Publication Type: External Resource

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress,Data

Data on President Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominations from the Senate. This includes nominees’ names and dates of their nomination announcement, hearing, received in the Senate and confirmation.

Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl

January 20, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Congress,Second term

Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl

New data from the Partnership for Public Service found that Senate confirmation of presidential appointees are taking longer than ever. Why it Matters A major presidential responsibility is to fill more than 1,200 political appointments requiring Senate confirmation. Few decisions have a greater impact on the success of an administration than the selection of its people....