Excerpt: Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny. Particularly for those named to positions requiring Senate confirmation, that scrutiny begins well before they are confirmed or even officially nominated. The process from initial selection for a position to swearing-in is considerable, and even before a person is formally nominated by the White House, a great deal of work and time is required. Read the article.