By Michael GersonThe appointment list for the next president of the United States is just one example of the potential problems the president-elect faces when it comes to appointing people to positions of power.
And it’s not just in the White House.
President-elect Joe Biden’s team is also expected to hire people to fill key positions at the Pentagon, State Department and Justice Department, and he’s also likely to appoint some Cabinet officials in his first days in office.
These appointments could have major implications for the nation’s defense and foreign policy.
The appointments, as of this writing, have yet to be approved by the Senate, and they’re unlikely to be anytime soon.
“We’re in the middle of the process of reviewing and vetting all the nominees that have been announced to serve as Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary at the Department of Justice,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain John Sidney McCainUpcoming Kavanaugh hearing: Truth or consequences How Flake came to dominate the GOP The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh could be confirmed within days MORE (R-Ariz.).
“As I’ve said repeatedly, we are looking at all of the nominees and the types of people that we want to see in these positions.”
What to know about Biden’s top cabinet picks:In a press conference in December, Biden said that he had not made a decision on the Cabinet’s composition.
He has also been open to discussing how the Cabinet would operate, but his team has not indicated when the process will begin.
Biden has been a proponent of having a Cabinet comprised of all senior officials.
And he has promised that he will appoint a number of his Cabinet picks to cabinet posts.
The new administration will also have to figure out how to fill out the ranks of the federal government’s top civilian jobs.
Biden has been talking about creating a new corps of top officials at the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security.
The White House has indicated that it intends to nominate several Cabinet officials to lead those agencies, but many have expressed concern about who would fill those positions and whether that process will go smoothly.
“It’s going to take a long time, and it’s going’t be smooth, to fill these positions,” said Sen. Tom Cotton Thomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Hill’s 10 most influential: Republicans hold edge in Kavanaugh hearing Cotton to McConnell: We’re not done talking about Kavanaugh Trump calls Kavanaugh’s accusers ‘truly terrible’ Cotton: ‘No woman deserves to be treated this way’ MORE (S.C.).
“We are not going to be doing that in my administration.
And we are going to not be doing it under this administration.”
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which oversees the coal industry, are also likely candidates for vacancies in the department’s top leadership.
The Department’s top official overseeing environmental issues, Scott Pruitt, is the most senior nominee in the past six years.
The department is also set to fill a number positions in the Department for which there are no current or former senior career government officials.
The top position in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, is currently filled by James “Jim” Lantos, who is expected to take over from retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg, who retired earlier this year.
The Trump transition team has said that there will be a new administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
“The Trump administration is focused on taking on and building on the legacy of President Obama, including building on our nation’s successful transition from a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” the transition team said in a statement last week.
“This Administration will be focused on advancing our regulatory policies, including those related to the environment and the economy, as well as addressing issues of concern to our communities.”
“We will be moving aggressively to improve our ability to manage the climate, the environment, and other issues that are of paramount concern to the American people, including protecting public health, protecting the environment as a commons, and promoting economic growth,” the statement said.
But the president has already taken a number steps to try to shore up the agencies.
Last week, Trump ordered a new director of the Environmental Protection Agency, the first time a new head of an agency has been confirmed since Obama’s second term.
The Office of Management and Budget has also appointed a number other Cabinet-level positions, including a director of national intelligence, an ambassador to the United Nations and the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
In addition, the president announced the appointment of a new assistant secretary of the Navy for energy and environment.
Trump has also pledged to bring his administration’s focus to fighting climate change and other environmental issues.
He said that his administration will be “the first to address and confront the impacts of climate change.”
And in a recent speech to Congress, he pledged to put a “great deal of emphasis on clean energy and renewable energy” and