Here's a special executive branch nominations edition of "Dogs, Not Barking." A quick search found pretty much zilch news about any of these: that's a big story! On the good side, at least the White House has finally updated their nominations page, at least through two weeks ago. On the bad side,
1. Secretary of Commerce: a month ago, Penny Pritzker was reported to be the candidate for this opening, which has existed since June. Since then, nothing much. Can Barack Obama make it a full year without nominating anyone for this cabinet post?
2. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced in January he would leave when his successor was confirmed. Good luck with that! Two months plus later, no nominee, let alone confirmation.
3. United States Trade Representative is a cabinet-level post. This one is vacant since January.
4. Then there's the Small Business Administration. Outgoing administrator Karen Mills is apparently staying on until someone is in place...Good luck with that! She resigned two months ago;
5. I have no idea what's happening with subcabinet executive branch nominations. I'm guessing it's nothing good; there certainly haven't been a lot of subcabinet nominations this year, and I'm guessing that plenty of people below the cabinet level have moved on. Hey, reporters: there's probably a story here! In fact, there are probably lots of stories here!
In the meantime, I'll end with the question: what's the worst unfilled spot? I know I have some readers who follow these things closely, either government-wide or for specific agencies or issue areas -- where has the administration failed to nominate anyone for the longest, or for an extended period for a key position?