ProPublica has created a valuable database identifying the individuals appointed by the Trump administration, with their history and ties to conservative groups.

Go to the Education section and you can view the bios and financial history of every important appointee.

I learned about this an hour after Trump named Patrick Shanahan to become Secretary of Defense. I put in his name and learned that he was a Senior Vice President of Boeing, a major contractor for the Defense Department. Apparently he never served in the military. Will he award contracts to Boeing? Stay tuned.