Trump announces slew of deputy secretary nominations

President Donald Trump announced a slew of nominees for key administration positions Friday, after the Senate confirmed a new deputy-level Cabinet official this week.

The White House nominated Brock Long, executive vice president of Hagerty Consulting, to serve as the administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Thomas DiNanno to serve as deputy FEMA administrator. The Trump administration also submitted the following nominations to serve as the second-in-command at their agencies:

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development: Pamela Hughes Patenaude
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Charmaine Yoest
  • Interior Department: David Bernhardt

The Trump administration now has two deputy secretaries at the helm of their respective agencies, after the Senate confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general on April 25 and Elaine Duke as deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security on April 4.

Deputy secretaries typically fulfill the role of the chief operation officer at their agencies, and handle more of the day-to-day management functions than their superiors.

The following deputy-level nominees still await Senate confirmation:

  • Defense Department: Patrick Shanahan
  • State Department: John Sullivan
  • Small Business Administration: Althea Coetzee
  • Transportation Department: Jeffrey Rosen
  • Treasury Department: James Donovan

Jovita Carranza, a former deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, was also tapped to serve as U.S. Treasurer.