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Presidential Documents: Pres. Appointments

Publications of the President or the Executive Office of the President.


"Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the President of the United States the power to nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint individuals to certain positions laid out in the Constitution and in subsequent laws."

Relevant CRS Reports (via guide on Congressional Documents):

  • Presidential Appointee Positions Requiring Senate Confirmation and Committees Handling Nominations.
  • Presidential Appointments to Full-Time Positions in Executive Departments.
  • Presidential Appointments to Full-Time Positions in Independent and Other Agencies.
  • Presidential Appointments to Full-Time Positions on Regulatory and Other Collegial Boards and Commissions.
  • Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee

For more on procedures, see Congressional procedure: a practical guide to the legislative process in the U.S. Congress, Richard A. Arenberg, 2018, 141-145. (Bowdoin Main Libr KF4937 .A974 2018 (print))



  • Nominations,, 1981-present. Filter by Congress, Committee, Status, and more.
  • Nominations, U.S. Senate


  • United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) (via govinfo)

Documents associated with consideration in the Senate

Committee Hearings

Use ProQuest Congressional (or another source of hearings) to search for confirmation/nomination hearings, of any. Limit to hearings and to the time period of interest for e.g. secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security:
(confirmation OR nomination) AND secretary AND ("homeland security" OR DHS)

Supreme Court nominee questionnaires

The Senate Judiciary Committee asks Supreme Court nominees to fill out questionnaires. To find the filled-out questionnaires, try:

For background, see Questioning Judicial Nominees: Legal Limitations and Practice, Congressional Research Service, R45300, updated March 17, 2022.

Committee Reports

The Senate committee of jurisdiction may report back to the full Senate. (The report is infrequently published.) Search for Senate Executive Reports in databases containing Senate committee reports or the Serial Set.

Consideration on the floor of the Senate

Nominees may be considered in Senate Executive Session. If so, any debate or vote can be found in the Congressional Record.