Protected: Unconfirmed: Why Reducing the Number Of Senate-confirmed Positions Can Make Government More Effective

August 10, 2021

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Pace of Senate confirmations: How does Biden compare with previous presidents?

August 2, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. This paper includes a comparison of how President Joe Biden’s pace of appointments and confirmations compares with the previous three presidents at the 200 days mark. For a detailed list of many key nominees and their statuses, see the Biden...

Bronaugh cleared for Senate vote to be deputy agriculture secretary

May 11, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

After nearly three months alone at the USDA, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is on the verge of being joined by a Biden appointee with sub-cabinet rank. On a voice vote with no objections, the Senate Agriculture Committee cleared Jewel Bronaugh on Monday for a floor vote to become deputy agriculture secretary.

I led the Biden presidential transition. Its leadership lessons can apply to any organization.

May 4, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Amid a global pandemic, a presidential election, and an economic crisis, Joe Biden asked me to begin planning a presidential transition that could meet the historic challenges and opportunities of the moment. Authoring the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, I knew the challenge this would be. 

Opinion: For Biden, 44 confirmations down, only 1,156 to go

May 2, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The Biden administration is winning praise because it managed to get 44 appointees through Senate confirmation and into their offices by its 100th day.

Senate Confirmation for 1,200 jobs is Holding Biden Back

May 4, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Within hours of his inauguration, President Joe Biden had staffed around 1,100 key federal appointments, an unprecedented  number that speaks to the excellent work of his personnel team during a difficult transition. Yet this accomplishment was only possible because the roles did not require Senate confirmation.

Congressional Witness Says Plum Book in Need of Modernization

May 4, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

“The American people deserve better transparency into who is serving them in the Federal government, both in political positions and top career positions. This information is currently produced once every four year… the same way it has been produced since the 1950s. And every four years, it’s outdated by the time it’s published,” James-Christian Blockwood,...

Biden promised the most diverse administration ever. Here’s how he’s doing.

April 30, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Joe Biden promised to have a Cabinet that reflected the diversity of the country. Kristine Simmons, the vice president of government affairs at the Partnership for Public Service, said Biden is the first president in modern history to appoint more women than men in his first 100 days. 

Slate of bills to protect feds and transparency considered in committee

May 3, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

James-Christian Blockwood, executive vice president at the Partnership for Public Service, also called on Congress to consider reducing the number of positions requiring appointment and Senate confirmation overall, as the sheer number often keeps agencies from getting or maintaining consistent leadership after each change in administration.

Prolific yet quiet: Joe Biden’s first 100 days in numbers

April 29, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

How does Biden’s flurry of activity in the first 100 days compare to previous administrations’? What can the numbers surrounding Biden’s media profile and popularity ratings tell us about how far he is delivering the “unity” he promised?