I've been trying to determine the precedence of the CDC Director using The United States Order of Precedence and I was getting stuck. I don't see the position called out explicitly in the table, nor does the agency appear in Appendix A (even though the 8-person International Boundary Commission is important enough to be listed). So I think it must fall into one of these general categories:
21b Heads of Federal Independent Agencies at Level II of the Executive Schedule (ranked by agency’s creation date; if the same, by length of service). These agencies include, but are not limited to, the following (see APPENDIX A): Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
24a Heads of Federal Independent Agencies at Level III of the Executive Schedule (ranked by agency’s creation date; when the same, by length of service) These agencies include, but are not limited to, the following (see Appendix A): U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), Export-Import Bank of the United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Services Administration (GSA), Peace Corps (PC), U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities (NFAH), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
31c Heads of Federal Independent Agencies at Level IV of the Executive Schedule (ranked by agency’s creation date, when the same, by length of service). See Appendix A.
38a Chairmen or Heads of other federal Boards, Councils and Commissions not previously listed
42b Directors of Offices of Executive Departments
But I've searched Google and the CDC and OPM websites and I can't find the level of the Director position for the CDC, nor even if it is on the Executive Schedule.
If it is indeed at 38a, this is surprisingly (to me) low; it's a major ($7 billion, 15,000-employee) agency, and ranking its head below, say, all former ambassadors and chiefs of diplomatic mission (37d) seems strange. So maybe I'm missing something.
Aside: I can't find many appropriate tags for this question. I think
protocol would be good if it existed, but other than that I don't even know where to start.
Aside 2: My interest is understanding the relative importance of different positions being vacated in the current administration; if you know of other good proxies for this I would appreciate a comment to that effect.