Appointee Gridlock


The Washington Post’s Al Kamen notes in “Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But . . . “ that only 36 of the top 480 positions in the Obama Administration have been nominated.  While this is ahead of several immediate predecessors, the agenda the new Administration faces is far more complex.  From what I can tell, it doesn’t look like any new nominations have gone forward since the initial tranche.  And there’s a slow-down in the number of announced candidates as well. So far, 56 have been announced; none since Senator Judd Gregg withdrew his name as nominee for Secretary of Commerce.


While the list seems slim, there’s a new Washington Post  feature to keep track of new appointees, called  The site launched shortly after the Inauguration and is managed by Rachael Van Dongen.  It provides profiles of political figures, mainly in the executive branch.  See the pull-down bar on the right to get a sense of the scope they plan to cover: Administration Officials, Likely Administration Officials, Obama Advisors, etc.  The Post is also adding these to a Facebook and a Twitter site.


In the Bush Administration, the White House created “Results.Gov” with a list of the top administration officials, by agency, and a short bio for each.  It looks like the media will do it now, and the Obama folks can focus on the bigger problems! 


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