Letter from The Editor: A modest proposal for a better transition

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Opinion The transition is our quadrennial gift for the National Capital Region's real estate market because lot's of moves are made.    The Biden
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The transition is our quadrennial gift for the National Capital Region's real estate market because lot's of moves are made.

The Biden Administration has about 4,000 jobs to fill, and about 1,250 of those are political appointments that require U.S. Senate confirmation. The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service have launched the "Biden Political Appointee Tracker." It is tracking the most important 756 top federal jobs that serve at the pleasure of the president with Senate confirmation.

At the moment, no one has been officially named to any of the incoming administration's top jobs and the Senate has not confirmed anyone. President-elect Biden has announced who he wants for 32 jobs, including his cabinet picks, but those don't become official until Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.

Filling all those jobs takes time. The White House must recruit and vet candidates, order up FBI background checks, and run interference with the appropriate congressional committees. An appointee's financial holdings might also require an ethics review and actions to make them compliant. Usually, it is just the system that eats up the time, not some controversy.

The Under Secretary for Food Safety is one of the top jobs. Mindy Brashears is the current and fifth Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Food Safety.

Her U.S. Senate confirmation occurred less than one year ago on March 23, 2020. She became the top food safety official in the federal government just as the pandemic hit full strength.

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