Senate confirmation

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen past the base of the Washington Monument just before sunrise in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers faced a partial government shutdown early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a border wall with Mexico. Overall, more than 800,000 federal employees would see their jobs disrupted, including more than half who would be forced to continue working without pay. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

That Senate confirmation process seems slower than ever — especially at one agency

The Senate has confirmed 127 of the 346 people President Joe Biden has nominated so far for political positions. For some federal employees, the lack of…

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Kiran Ahuja, the nominee to be Office of Personnel Management Director, appears before a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hybrid nominations hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate confirms Ahuja as first permanent OPM director in more than a year

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Senate confirms Mayorkas as Biden’s homeland security chief

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At some agencies, acting leadership often outlasted permanent appointees over last 4 years

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President-elect Joe Biden, right, listens as Janet Yellen, who Biden nominated to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Janet Yellen wins Senate approval as treasury secretary

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Capitol has to get back to business

With a look ahead, Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Staffing a new administration? Worry about Senate-confirmed jobs later

Four years ago, commentator Jeff Neal suggested whoever won the election should focus not just on the top-level jobs, but also to look to the jobs in the…

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In this May 5, 2020, photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top intelligence official, Ratcliffe, is adamant that if confirmed he will not allow politics to color information he takes to the president.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief

A sharply divided Senate has confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence

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