Two decades later: How lessons from the 9/11 Commission Report can help us improve the political appointment process and protect our national security
One of the 9/11 Commission report’s most notable findings was that a delayed presidential transition in 2000 “hampered the new administration in identifying, recruiting, clearing, and obtaining Senate confirmation of key appointees.”
The Three Big Mistakes in the 2020 Plum Book
For most people, the only way to find out who is serving in the top decision-making positions in government is to reference the 2020 Plum Book. Unfortunately, this document has significant procedural and factual problems and could be greatly improved.
Prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Have Served in the Federal Government
In recognition of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here is a list of prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have served in the federal government.
The U.S. Process for Confirming a Cabinet Takes Longer Than Almost All Other Countries
The U.S. takes far longer to confirm its executive Cabinet than most other countries. Among the 20 countries with the highest gross domestic product, the U.S. was the second slowest during the most recent transitions to a new head of state.
The Biden Administration Faces Obstacles Getting Key Officials in Place Despite a Well-Organized Transition
At the 100 day mark of his administration on April 29, President Joe Biden had outpaced his predecessors by appointing a record of nearly 1,500 officials to government positions not requiring Senate approval and by nominating 220 others for Senate confirmed jobs.
The Center for Presidential Transition’s Pivotal Role in This Year’s Presidential Transition of Power
The retrospective report offers an in-depth look at the pivotal support the Center provided—from laying the groundwork with the Biden and Trump teams almost a year ago to preparing prospective political appointees in recent months—and its role as the go-to resource for nonpartisan counsel and support for presidential transitions.
Pace of Senate Confirmations: How Does Biden Compare With Previous Presidents?
Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. This blog includes a comparison of how Biden’s pace of appointments and confirmations compares with the previous three presidents.
Most Nominations Withdrawn From Consideration by the Senate Happen Prior To Receiving a Committee Hearing
While withdrawn nominations make up a small percentage of presidential nominations, they often receive significant media attention and consume time and resources for the White House, which must find another candidate, and the Senate, which must take up more of its limited time to consider someone new.
After 50 Days, Biden Has Submitted More Nominations to the Senate Than Recent Presidents, but Had Fewer Confirmed
March 10th marked President Joe Biden’s first 50 days in the White House. Biden has submitted more nominations than his recent predecessors at a comparable time, but the Senate has confirmed fewer of those nominees.
How the Biden Transition Team Ethics Plan Compares With the Biden Administration’s Ethics Pledge
Ethics requirements are now essential for transition teams planning for a new administration and for appointees once a president takes office. These plans assure that staff members do not personally benefit from their roles or promote agendas that create a conflict of interest.