Partnership for Public Service statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to quickly approve the nomination of Attorney General-designate Judge Merrick Garland

February 24, 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 the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be attorney general.  

“Judge Merrick Garland’s previous experience at the Department of Justice and his many years as a federal appeals court judge make him an excellent choice for attorney general,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “I applaud Judge Garland’s commitment to the professional career workforce, the independence of the Justice Department and the public interest.” 

Stier continued, “I urge the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to quickly approve Judge Garland’s nomination so that he can begin tackling a wide array of issues ranging from domestic terrorism to civil rights enforcement. The Partnership for Public Service looks forward to working with Judge Garland as he seeks to improve the department’s leadership and employee morale.” 

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 percent, which is 1.3 percent lower than the government-wide score of 64.5 percent  
  • 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