political appointees

Matthew Hunter was the director of political affairs at the controversial data firm -- and now he's a Trump political appointee.
The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a hallmark of American democracy. But behind the pomp and pageantry, the transition between administrations is rushed, chaotic and can be dangerous to our national security.
The United States is the only major country that still nominates non-career persons as its ambassadors to foreign countries. These persons' main qualification is that they raised large sums of money for the president's electoral campaigns.
You don't have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president's personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World's Most Powerful Nation.
Kathleen Sebelius will stay, and Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Why is this? In an ironic twist of fate the Republican Party's obsession with filibustering, delaying, or holding executive branch nominations will finally have negative consequences for the GOP instead of the president.
In our government, the president's top deputies are partisan appointments, part of a thick layer of political appointees that run every important council and agency in the government.
Many in the punditocracy and D.C.'s strategic class are hyperventilating about these candidates and what we think Obama will do and won't do with scant evidence or commentary from the president or his team.
Max Stier is president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. This was originally published
One year into Obama's term, about 200 of the roughly 500 top Senate-confirmed administration positions are still unfilled. We've seen this play before.
There are probably few groups as savagely maligned as career public servants, but they are the folks - the only folks -- who know how to turn good policy into good programs that actually work.
Here are 10 ideas Congress should consider to start building toward a more accountable bureaucracy.