1/20/2017 Inauguration day Update on the status of the names of the people who have been officially nominated for government positions which require Senate confirmation the day President Donald Trump is inaugurated: So far of the 690 positions 30 have been announced with 2 have been confirmed yet. This afternoon: 1. Retired USMC General James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Defense 2. Retired General John F. Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Names have been submitted for each cabinet position. Yesterday Robert Wood Johnson was nominated for Ambassador, United Kingdom It is typical to wait until after the Secretary of the Department has been confirmed before submitting the names for under and assistant secretary etc. Ambassadors to the most "significant" nations can be expected to submitted after Secretary of state has been confirmed. Other ambassadors may well be continued for some time. Newly nominated include: The people I am most interested for confirmation are as following: 1. Rex Wayne Tillerson for Secretary of the Department of State 2. Terry Branstad for Ambassador, China 3. David Friedman for Ambassador, Israel 4. Robert Wood Johnson for Ambassador, United Kingdom 5. Nikki Haley for United States representative to the United Nations 6. Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Department of Agriculture 7. Wilbur Ross for Secretary of the Department of Commerce 8. Todd Ricketts for Deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce 9. Vincent Viola for Secretary of the Department of the Army 10. Betsy DeVos for Secretary of the Department of the Education 11. Rick Perry for Secretary of the Department of Energy 12. Dr. Tom Price for Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services 13. Seema Verma for Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 14. Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development 15. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Secretary of the Department of Justice 16. Rod J. Rosenstein for Deputy attorney general Department of Justice 17. Andrew Puzder for Secretary of the Department of Labor 18. Elaine Chao for Secretary of the Department of Transportation 19. Dr. David Shulkin for Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs 20. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Department the Interior 21. Steve Mnuchin for Secretary of the Department the Treasury 22. Mick Mulvaney for Director, Office of Management and Budget 23. Robert E. Lighthizer for U.S. trade representative 24. Scott Pruitt for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency 25. Linda McMahon for Administrator Small Business Administration 26. Michael Pompeo for Director, Central Intelligence Agency 27. Dan Coats for Director of the Office of national Intelligence 28. Jay Clayton for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Interestingly enough to me is that the Washington post has modified their statement of 690 positions requiring Senate confirmation to roughly 1200 "The Post and Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tracking nearly 700 key executive branch nominations through the confirmation process. These positions include Cabinet secretaries, deputy and assistant secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsel, heads of agencies, ambassadors and other critical leadership positions. These are among the roughly 1,200 positions that require Senate confirmation."