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.
Five Questions About Serving on Federal Boards, Commissions and Advisory Committees
Part-time federal advisory boards, commissions and committees are important parts of the federal government that generally receive little attention. Joining one of these groups is a great way for experienced individuals to engage in public service even if they do not hold a full-time government position.
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.
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.
Why People With State and Local Experience Should Serve As Presidential Appointees
Having a background on state and local issues provides a good perspective on how the government touches lives and communities every day.
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.