Presidential Transitions: Executive Branch Political Appointment Status [November 24, 2020] [open pdf - 603KB]
From the Document: "CRS [Congressional Research Service] has produced a set of products examining selected processes and policies that may be of particular interest during a presidential transition. This Insight discusses the status of executive branch political appointments at that time. Other related products examine clemency, executive orders, rulemaking, government records, and presidential transitions generally. The status of political appointees during transitions has often been of interest to Congress. In some instances, some appointees of an outgoing President have continued to serve into a new Administration. These appointees might not share the new President's policy preferences or readily implement the new Administration's policy agenda. This dynamic usually has arisen where the tenure of a confirmed political appointee extends into a new Administration as a result of fixed-term provisions intended to insulate the appointee from the policy preferences of the President. In other cases, appointees have been installed in such positions in the waning days of a presidency through a recess appointment, although this practice has not been used since 2000."
CRS Insight, IN11541
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/