Presidentially Appointed Positions

December 16, 2020

One of the most significant tasks for any president is staffing their administration. A president is responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. This document puts those numbers into context by providing a breakdown of the number of positions in key agencies, and the number of Senate confirmed appointments and nominations for each of the last five presidents during their first years in office.

Publication Type: Research and Publications