A new president appoints a number of individuals to serve as part of their cabinet, but most of these positions require Senate confirmation. However, it looks like the Senate often holds these confirmation votes some time after a president's inauguration.
For instance, Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. However, his cabinet appointments were not confirmed until days or even months afterwards:
- January 21: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
- January 26: Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
- February 2: Eric Holder, Attorney General
- February 24: Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
- March 18: Ron Kirk, Trade Representative
- April 28: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
How does the work assigned to these cabinet positions get done while appointments are awaiting Senate confirmation?