Donald Trump is dramatically lapping his predecessor in headline-grabbing Cabinet nominations–the president-elect is reportedly inclined to announce the selection this week of Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobile who is said to have cozy relations with the Kremlin in Russia, as the nation’s chief diplomat–but is notably lagging in naming lower-level nominations responsible for the day-to-day implementation of his ambitious agenda.
While Mr. Trump’s Cabinet, which includes Vice President Mike Pence and the secretaries of the fifteen major federal departments, is mostly constituted, the president-elect has not yet begun fleshing out the bureaucracy of the various agencies. Of the 689 presidential nominations requiring Senate confirmation, Mr. Trump had named only 17 as of Friday.
Dentons’ federal public policy practice is tracking President-elect Trump’s nominations–and the rumors that precede them–to sketch the personnel and policy contours of the next administration. We’ll be updating this document each week with President-elect Trump’s nominations as the transition readies for the January inauguration.