Transition Team Overview
A major responsibility of the Trump transition team will be to begin planning out how to fill the roughly 4,000 political appointments his administration will be required to make, about 1,000 of which require confirmation by the Senate. To date, roughly 80 people have been working full-time on Trump's transition efforts.
According to sources, the transition team claims to be fully prepared to formally begin their efforts and last week, department heads submitted their transition plans to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for approval.
Transition team department heads also submitted lists of three names for Cabinet-level positions, taking into account Trump's public statements about who he would like to see in his administration, though these names are subject to change.
In his first remarks after the election, President Obama said he had instructed his staff when transitioning power to the Trump administration to "follow the example" set by the George W. Bush administration in 2008.
Here follows a sketch of the President-elect transition team, with leading players highlighted in bold.
Transition Team Leadership
Chair: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has also taken a leading role in managing the transition team.
Executive Director: Rich Bagger, former New Jersey State Senator and Chief of Staff to Governor Chris Christie
Director of Domestic Policy: Ed Feulner, former Heritage Foundation President Director of Agency Action: Ron Nicol General Counsel: William Palatucci, aide to Governor Chris Christie
Appointments Transition Team
Director of Appointments: William F. Hagerty, Managing Director of Hagerty Peterson & Company
Deputy Director of Appointments: John Rader, senior aide to Senator Bob Corker (RTN)
Economic Transition Team
William Walton, Chairman of Rappahannock Ventures LLC
David Malpass, former chief economist at Bear Stearns
Treasury: David Malpass Commerce: Ray Washburn USTR: Dan DiMicco Ind. Financial Agencies: Paul
Atkins SBA: Christine Toretti SSA: Michael Korbey
Domestic Transition Team
Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state
National Security Transition Team
Mike Rogers, former U.S. Representative (R-MI) State Department: James Carafano DHS: Cindy Hayden Intelligence: Ron Burgess NSC: Matthew Freedman Justice: Kevin O'Connor
Defense Transition Team
Gen. J. Keith Kellogg, Former Chief of Staff, 82nd Airborne Division; former Executive Vice President, CACI International, Oracle Group
Defense: Mira Ricardel Veterans Affairs: Michael Meese
Management and Budget Transition Team
Ed Meese, former Reagan Administration Attorney General Kay Coles James, former Bush Administration OMB Director
OMB: Paul Winfree and Linda Springer
Executive Actions, Regulations, and Immigration Transition Team
Ado Machida, former domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney Beth Kaufmann Jonathan Beck
Environmental Protection Agency Transition Team
Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
Energy Transition Team
Mike McKenna, President, MWR Strategies
Agriculture Transition Team
Michael Torrey, former Deputy Chief of Staff, USDA
Health and Human Services Transition Team
Andrew Bremberg, Policy Director for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Interior Transition Team
David Bernhardt, natural resources attorney
Labor Transition Team
Steve Hart, chairman of the law firm Williams & Jensen
Transportation Transition Team
Shirley Ybarra, former senior transportation policy analyst at the Reason Foundation
Technology Transition Team
Jeffrey Eisenach, Visiting Scholar and Director, Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Education Transition Team
Williamson Evers, former US assistant secretary of education