Trump’s Acting Government

Key administration positions currently or soon-to-be headed by people in acting roles as of July 15 are highlighted in red.

Cabinet Departments

State

Mike Pompeo

Since April 26, 2018

Treasury

Steven Mnuchin

Since Feb. 13, 2017

Defense

Richard Spencer1

Since July 15, 2019 (acting)

Attorney General

William Barr

Since Feb. 14, 2019

Interior

David Bernhardt

Since April 11, 2019

Agriculture

Sonny Perdue

Since April 25, 2017

Commerce

Wilbur Ross

Since Feb. 28, 2017

Labor

Patrick Pizzella2

Expected to start July 19, 2019 (acting)

HHS

Alex Azar

Since Jan. 29, 2018

HUD

Ben Carson

Since March 2, 2017

Transportation

Elaine Chao

Since Jan. 31, 2017

Energy

Rick Perry

Since March 2, 2017

Education

Betsy DeVos

Since Feb. 7, 2017

Veterans Affairs

Robert Wilkie

Since July 30, 2018

Homeland Security

Kevin McAleenan

Since April 11, 2019 (acting)

Cabinet-Level Positions

White House Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney

Since Jan. 2, 2019 (acting)

Trade Representative

Robert Lighthizer

Since May 15, 2017

National Intelligence

Dan Coats

Since March 16, 2017

Ambassador to the U.N.

Jonathan Cohen

Since Jan. 1, 2019 (acting)

OMB

Russell Vought3

Since Jan. 2, 2019 (acting)

CIA

Gina Haspel

Since April 26, 2018

EPA

Andrew Wheeler

Since July 9, 2018

Small Business Administration

Chris Pilkerton

Since April 13, 2019 (acting)

Other Notable Agencies With Acting Heads

FAA

Dan Elwell

Since Jan. 7, 2018 (acting)

OSHA

Loren Sweatt

Since July 24, 2017 (acting)

FDA

Norman Sharpless

Since April 5, 2019 (acting)

CPSC

Ann Marie Buerkle

Since Feb. 9, 2017 (acting)

EEOC

Victoria Lipnic

Since Jan. 25, 2017 (acting)

FEMA

Pete Gaynor4

Since March 8, 2019 (acting)

ICE

Matthew Albence5

Since July 5, 2019 (acting)

USCIS

Ken Cuccinelli

Since June 10, 2019 (acting)

CBP

Mark Morgan6

Since July 5, 2019 (acting)

Notes

1. Richard Spencer will serve as acting defense secretary while Mark Esper, who held the position since June 18, awaits confirmation.
2. Alexander Acosta announced his resignation on July 12. Acosta, who has held this position since 2017, is expected to depart on July 19 and will be replaced by Patrick Pizzella, the deputy secretary of labor, as acting secretary.
3. Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, is also the director of the Office of Management and Budget. However, the White House refers to Deputy Director Russell Vought as OMB’s acting director.
4.The Senate began hearing the nomination of Jeffrey Byard to be the administrator of FEMA on June 13. Pete Gaynor will continue to serve as acting head of FEMA during the confirmation process.
5. Mark Morgan, the acting director of ICE since May, was tapped to replace acting CBP commissioner John Sanders on June 25. Matthew Albence, then-deputy director at ICE, assumed the role of acting director.
6. Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, is currently the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. John Sanders, chief operating officer at CBP, was named acting commissioner on April 15, but resigned on July 5. He was replaced by Mark Morgan, then-acting head of ICE, as acting CBP commissioner.