Partnership for Public Service statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to quickly approve the nomination of Associate Attorney General-designate Vanita Gupta

March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service released the following statement from President and CEO Max Stier after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Vanita Gupta’s nomination to be associate attorney general. 

“Vanita Gupta’s exemplary record for protecting civil and human rights in the public and private sectors makes her an exceptional choice to serve our nation as associate attorney general,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “I applaud her commitment to ensure that the law is fairly and impartially applied, and that the Justice Department will be independent from partisan influence.” 

Stier continued, “I urge the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to approve Gupta’s nomination so that she can begin addressing a wide array of important issues that she has highlighted, including combating environmental degradation, protecting consumers, enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws and prosecuting hate crimes and human trafficking.” 

The Partnership for Public Service’s Department of Justice oversight snapshot provides a wide array of data and insights regarding the department. Some key data points include:  

  • Number of employees: 110,887 (as of March 2019) 
  • 2019 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government score and rank: 61.4 out of 100, ranking 12th out of 17 large agencies  
  • Employee confidence in whistleblower protections: 63.2%, which is 1.3 percent lower than the government-wide score of 64.5%  
  • Number of positions requiring Senate confirmation: 30 

The Partnership produces and maintains several other resources to assess and analyze the health of the federal government. These include a political appointments tracker with The Washington Post to follow the progress of more than 750 of President Biden’s Senate-confirmed political appointments, and the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, produced by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group, which measure employee engagement government-wide as well as at individual departments, agencies and subcomponents. 

During the past 19 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation. Visit to learn more. Follow us on social @PublicService and subscribe today to get the latest federal news, information on upcoming Partnership programs and events, and more. 


Publication Type: Commentary