Because of President Trump's Executive Order, Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) will no longer be appointed through a process controlled by the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Agency heads will be able to appoint the ALJs pretty much however they want to appoint them.
Social Security and other agencies would never appoint ALJs on political criteria, would they? We'll see but take a look at what happened with Immigration Judges during the George W. Bush Administriation. Of course, the Trump Administration is too high minded to do anything like that.