FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2012
Contact: Samantha Donaldson
sdonaldson@ourpublicservice.org
(202) 775-9111

PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT AND CONFIRMATION PROCESS

WASHINGTON—The Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement regarding congressional passage of the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 (S. 679):

“Today, Congress relieved a significant burden on the lengthy, cumbersome Senate confirmation process by giving final approval to S. 679, bipartisan legislation that will remove the requirement for Senate confirmation of more than 160 mostly lower level presidential appointments.

The challenges and opportunities that confront our country do not wait for important executive branch positions to be filled. The large number of Senate-confirmed positions and the delays in filling them has led routinely to lengthy vacancies for critical jobs, limiting an administration’s ability to pursue its policy agenda and respond to economic, national security and other crises.

The legislation, approved by the House today and by the Senate in 2011, reduces the number of posts that require Senate confirmation, allowing the White House and the Senate to focus attention and resources on the positions most important to our national and economic security.

The bill also requires creation of an executive branch working group to examine ways to further improve the nomination process, including proposals to streamline the paperwork required of nominees.
We urge President Obama to act swiftly and sign this legislation into law.”

The Partnership called on Congress and the White House to make major fixes to the presidential transition process in its Ready to Govern: Improving the Presidential Transition report released in January 2010. Report recommendations include reducing the number of Senate-confirmed politically appointed positions.

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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