When President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, so will his appointees, which means President-elect Donald Trump can fill more than 4,000 vacancies by presidential appointment in his new administration.
Positions range from high-profile advisers and Cabinet posts to ambassadors, small agency directors and special assistants. Team Trump has already received more than 65,000 résumés from job seekers.
These are the positions listed in the Office of Personnel Management’s newly released Plum Book. Trump has said he will trim the bureaucracy, so some may not be filled. (The book actually lists about 9,000 jobs, but about 5,000 of those are nonpolitical and filled with civil servants who don’t usually leave when the president does.)
Appointees come in four categories as defined by OPM:
1,242 presidential appointees who need Senate approval: These are many of the bigwigs, including Cabinet secretaries, agency directors and ambassadors, who have to be formally confirmed by the Senate.
472 presidential appointees who don’t need Senate approval: Most White House staff fall in this category, including senior advisors such as the chief of staff and press secretary, along with heads of smaller agencies.
761 non-career Senior Executive Service positions: About 7,000 people fall under the Senior Executive Service banner, and they oversee nearly every government activity. About 10 percent are designated “non-career” and change with the incoming president.
1,538 Schedule C appointments: These folks report directly to presidential appointees but are not in senior leadership roles. For instance, the OPM press secretary who helped us with this graphic is a Schedule C appointee.
Here’s where those positions will need to be filled:
Executive Office of the President 225 positions
Agriculture 230 positions
Commerce 168 positions
Defense 239 positions
Education 161 positions
Energy 138 positions
Health and Human Services 181 positions
Homeland Security 157 positions
Housing and Urban Development 83 positions
Interior 107 positions
Justice 334 positions
Labor 133 positions
State 431 positions
Transportation 92 positions
Treasury 128 positions
Veterans Affairs 37 positions
Many other independent bodies get presidential appointees, from well-known behemoths such as NASA, the CIA and the Smithsonian Institution to lesser-known agencies such as the Marine Mammal Commission and the Railroad Retirement Board.
These include the Architect of the Capitol, and heads of the Library of Congress and Government Accountability Office.
A previous version of this graphic used numbers from the 2012 Plum Book.