Tracking Vacant Positions by Agency and President

More presidentally appointed positions that require Senate confirmation sat vacant at the end of President Obama's first term than at the end of Bill Clinton or George W. Bush's first terms, according to a ProPublica analysis. This chart shows the percentage of those positions that were unfilled in each department and agency in 1996, 2004 and 2012. The data comes from the Plum Book, a list of political appointees that is published once every four years. | Related: Under Obama, More Appointments Go Unfilled

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Body Percent of Appointments Vacant (1996) Percent of Appointments Vacant (2004) Percent of Appointments Vacant (2012)
Administrative Council of the United States N/A N/A 0%
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation N/A 0% N/A
African Development Foundation 14% 20% N/A
Appalachian Regional Commission 50% 0% 50%
Architect of the Capitol 100% 0% 0%
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation 0% N/A 0%
Broadcasting Board of Governors N/A 0% 11%
Central Intelligence Agency 0% 50% 0%
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board N/A N/A 40%
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 0% 40% 20%
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau N/A N/A 100%
Consumer Product Safety Commission 40% 40% 20%
Corporation for National and Community Service 29% 31% 0%
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia N/A 0% 0%
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 0% 20% 20%
Delta Regional Authority N/A 0% 0%
Department of Agriculture 20% 19% 7%
Department of Commerce 18% 16% 29%
Department of Defense (Department of the Air Force) 14% 0% 29%
Department of Defense (Department of the Army) 0% 38% 0%
Department of Defense (Department of the Navy) 0% 29% 14%
Department of Defense (Office of the Secretary) 0% 17% 13%
Department of Education 13% 15% 24%
Department of Energy 16% 25% 22%
Department of Health and Human Services 26% 21% 25%
Department of Homeland Security N/A 6% 14%
Department of Housing and Urban Development 13% 13% 43%
Department of Justice 4% 6% 8%
Department of Labor 18% 16% 39%
Department of State 8% 3% 9%
Department of Transportation 11% 13% 17%
Department of Veterans Affairs 8% 29% 20%
Department of the Interior 17% 6% 33%
Department of the Treasury 34% 25% 22%
Environmental Protection Agency 8% 36% 21%
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 17% 0% 17%
Executive Office of the President 40% 13% 31%
Export-Import Bank of the United States 20% 0% 0%
Farm Credit Administration 33% 0% 0%
Federal Communications Commission 20% 0% 0%
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 0% 0% 20%
Federal Election Commission 17% 0% 0%
Federal Emergency Management Agency 20% N/A N/A
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 0% 20% 0%
Federal Housing Finance Agency N/A N/A 100%
Federal Housing Finance Board 20% 20% N/A
Federal Labor Relations Authority 0% 0% 25%
Federal Maritime Commission 20% 0% 0%
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 0% 0% 0%
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 40% 20% 0%
Federal Reserve System 0% 0% 0%
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 0% 0% 0%
Federal Trade Commission 0% 0% 0%
General Services Administration 50% 0% 50%
Government Accountability Office N/A 50% 50%
Government Accounting Office 0% N/A N/A
Government Printing Office 0% 0% 100%
Inter-American Foundation 22% N/A 33%
International Joint Commission N/A N/A 0%
John F. Kennedy Center N/A N/A 11%
Library of Congress 0% 0% 0%
Marine Mammal Commission N/A 0% 0%
Merit Systems Protection Board 0% 33% 0%
Millennium Challenge Corporation N/A 0% 40%
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation N/A 0% 11%
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 25% 0% 0%
National Archives and Records Administration 0% 0% 0%
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science 0% 0% N/A
National Council on Disability 0% 0% 0%
National Credit Union Administration 0% 33% 0%
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities 9% 5% 0%
National Labor Relations Board 25% 0% 0%
National Mediation Board 0% 0% 33%
National Science Foundation 38% 6% 0%
National Transportation Safety Board 0% 0% 0%
Northern Border Regional Commission N/A N/A 0%
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 0% 33% 0%
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 0% 0% 33%
Office of Government Ethics 0% 100% 100%
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 100% 100% 100%
Office of Personnel Management 0% 0% 33%
Office of Special Counsel 0% 0% 0%
Office of the Director of National Intelligence N/A N/A 0%
Office of the Federal Coordinator Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project N/A N/A 0%
Overseas Private Investment Corporation N/A 10% 0%
Panama Canal Commission 0% N/A N/A
Peace Corps 0% 0% 0%
Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation N/A N/A 0%
Postal Rate Commission 20% 20% N/A
Postal Regulatory Commission N/A N/A 0%
Railroad Retirement Board 0% 0% 0%
Securities and Exchange Commission 20% 0% 0%
Selective Service System 0% N/A 0%
Small Business Administration 0% 0% 0%
Social Secuity Administration 17% 33% 0%
Surface Transportation Board 0% N/A N/A
Tennessee Valley Authority 0% 0% 30%
Trade and Development Agency 0% 0% 0%
United States Agency for International Development N/A 23% 25%
United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 25% N/A N/A
United States Election Assistance Commission N/A 0% 100%
United States Information Agency 0% N/A N/A
United States Institute of Peace 9% 0% 13%
United States International Development Cooperation Agency 13% N/A N/A
United States International Trade Commission 0% 0% 14%
United States Postal Service 0% 33% 0%
United States Tax Court 5% 5% N/A