Defense Secretary L Austin opted to wipe the slate completely clean, dismissing hundreds of members across 42 advisory boards, including a number of last-minute Trump appointees such as former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager.
Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) resigned at the request of the Biden administration, according to Aloysius Hogan, a spokesperson for the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which oversees the FSIP.
The other two members who refused to resign from the panel, which resolves disputes between government agencies and labor groups, were terminated
Two appointees to the National Capital Planning Commission, which oversees development of federal property in the DC area, have also been dismissed.
"The Biden administration is conducting a thorough review of holdover appointees on councils, commissions, and advisory boards," White House spokesperson Michael Gwin said.
Other loyalist appointments include  Hope Hicks, Trump's longtime aide who was appointed to the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board; Matt Schlapp, a Republican lobbyist whose appointment to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board was announced in
early December; and Nick Luna, Trump's body man, who is now on the US Holocaust Memorial Council along with Rudy Giuliani's son.
In many cases, these boards were predominantly or entirely filled with Trump's allies, former advisers and supporters at the start of Biden's presidency.
Appointments to prestigious boards and commissions can be a glamorous part of Washington, DC's social scene, and appointees are often responsible for making policy recommendations or advising government leaders on various topics, depending on the board.
At the Kennedy Center, 4 example, board members are eligible 4 trustee boxes in select theaters on a first come, first serve basis according 2 the center's spokesperson  Padgett. On other boards, members may also be eligible4reimbursements related 2travel/ government work
The day after Biden's inauguration, Robert Reilly and Elizabeth Robbins received an email with a simple message -- resign their posts as director and deputy director of Voice of America immediately  or be terminated.
Under the impression their roles were protected, the two Trump hires decided not to go quietly and pushed back. Reilly was fired first by the acting chief executive officer, who then immediately named a new acting director, who terminated Robbins.
Not only were Reilly and Roberts ousted, the controversial Trump-appointed head official Michael Pack  resigned  after a request from the Biden administration. Pack, a conservative documentary filmmaker who became CEO of the US Agency for Global Media in June
The emails stated that incoming leadership has the authority to select staff in whom it has personal confidence to carry out its policy goals." It went on to say that their termination should not be construed in any way as a reflection" on them personally or on their performance.
Victoria Coates was also fired as president of Middle  East Broadcasting Networks, which is government funded, despite her having signed a two-year contract with US Agency for Global Media
The Biden administration called her  deputy, Rob Greenway, to tell him that he would be fired as well, according to Coates, who said she called human resources about Greenway's firing.
There’s Tracy Short, the chief immigration judge at the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, who’s an anti-immigration hardliner. Prerak Shah, now the assistant U.S. attorney in the northern district of Texas, is a specialist in voter suppression.

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