Is there a consensus among analysts when this will happen? Or is there precedent from previous presidents of when they usually fill open positions in the FTC?

  • Which positions are you referring to?
    – user12353
    Feb 14, 2017 at 18:53
  • The three membership positions on the Federal Trade Commission. The ones who will join Ohlhausen, Ramirez and McSweeny.
    – E-man
    Feb 14, 2017 at 18:55
  • This isn't really answerable. He'll flll them when he fills them.
    – user1530
    Feb 14, 2017 at 20:14

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With all of the big headlines in the news recently, this seems to be something that has largely been overlooked by the press. As far as "analyst consensus" goes, I can't seem to find any.

However, there is readily accessible data that you can look at to determine precedent. Also, as of February 10th, 2017, Edith Ramirez's resignation has taken effect. This leaves just two commissioners: Maureen K. Ohlhausen (acting chairman) and Terrell McSweeny (source).

Per this chart, it seems like there have been large gaps where positions have been empty. For example, there were almost two years between Joseph E. Davies leaving office and John Garland Pollard entering (Late 1910s). However, it does seem fairly common to have at least a couple of months between one commissioner leaving and another taking office. But the current situation seems to be extreme. There have been very few points in time where the FTC has been reduced to just two commissioners. If the history of the FTC is taken as an indicator of its future, then new appointments should be expected fairly soon. But to my knowledge, an exact timeline has not been published or agreed upon by the press.

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    Probably worth mentioning that this role is not as critical for government as other roles. There are 2 other commissioners, and their responsibilities rarely require immediate action. Feb 14, 2017 at 19:27
  • Thank you arbitrarystringofletters, this was very helpful.
    – E-man
    Feb 14, 2017 at 20:56

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