Appointment of a Senate-Confirmed Nominee

Headnotes: 

The President is not legally obligated to appoint a nominee to whom the Senate has given its advice and consent. Until the President takes the final public act necessary to complete the appointment, which in the case of a Senate-confirmed official is customarily evidenced by the President’s signing the commission, the President retains full discretion not to appoint the nominee.

Updated July 9, 2014