The new Trump Administration’s first act was to fire the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Then, two days later, it signed an executive order that puts a man who led the agency under fire for the first time in his eight years in the job.
Here’s what you need know about what the new administration is planning.
The order: The new administration’s first move came from a memo by Vice President Mike Pence, who called for the agency to be renamed the Office for the President, or OPM, and tasked Pence with finding an executive assistant.
The deputy director of OPM will be named the director.
The acting director will be confirmed by the Senate, which will vote on a new director by Feb. 14.
The new OPM director will serve until Jan. 2, 2021, and the new deputy director will hold office until the end of the Trump administration, said a White House official.
Pence’s memo, obtained by The Associated Press, was the first public announcement of the new OMP, but the Trump White House has not said whether the new director will have to be a member of the agency’s existing executive branch.
The Trump administration’s new executive order directs the agency “to immediately review all federal agencies and positions within the executive branch, and eliminate, in the event of a vacancy or termination of a position or appointment in the executive Branch, any position of an agency employee who has served or will serve on the Federal Vacancies Reform, Management, and Vacancies Control Board.”
The White House did not explain why the director was put under investigation or whether the person will be removed from office.
But the White House said in a statement to The AP that the appointment of the deputy director is part of a broader executive order directing the OPM to establish a “consulting office to provide advice and recommendations to the president on matters relating to executive branch appointments, including the appointment or removal of the head of an executive agency or agency agency executive officers.”
The appointment comes as the administration is in the midst of overhauling the federal bureaucracy and making major changes to the way federal agencies operate.
Trump signed an order last week that allows the administration to appoint “an independent senior advisor to advise the president in his decisions on appointments, dismissals, transfers, and promotions to, from, or promotions to other federal positions.”
The president has made appointing Cabinet members a top priority and the Office is expected to take over key functions that the agency has traditionally performed, including hiring, vetting and nominating people to fill key positions.
Trump also signed an Executive Order on Feb. 2 that directs the Federal Register to publish the results of the Federal Election Commission’s review of the presidential election process.
The commission’s report says the system should have been “improved” during the campaign.