Washington, D.C.-As part of its Presidential Appointee Initiative, The Brookings Institution issued a report to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee today that proposes 11 recommendations for improving the process of nominating and confirming presidential appointees. The measure met with the approval of Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a member of the initiative's advisory board.
Gearan did not attend the hearing but was pleased the initiative has moved along expeditiously.
The recommendations are contained in a report called “To Form a Government: A Bipartisan Plan to Improve the Presidential Appointments Process.” The report outlines a comprehensive approach to improving a system that policy analysts, scholars, administration officials past and present, and nominees themselves almost universally describe as broken.
The 11 recommendations call on the White House and Congress to:
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The Brookings Institution established The Presidential Appointee Initiative in 1999 with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The initiative is working to encourage talented citizens to seek and accept presidential appointments, as well as to build support for reforms that will simplify and expedite future appointments. The initiative has published A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees, a step-by-step primer for nominees navigating the murky waters of the appointment process.
To learn more about The Presidential Appointee Initiative, view its new “Confirmation Countdown,” or order copies of its research studies and publications, visit www.appointee.brookings.org.
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