FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2011
Contact: Sarah Howe
PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE APPLAUDS SENATE FOR INTRODUCING BILL TO STREAMLINE CONFIRMATION PROCESS; CUT NUMBER OF SENATE-CONFIRMED POSITIONS
WASHINGTON –Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement on the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011, introduced in the Senate today:
“At a time when partisanship and gridlock rule the headlines, the Senate today gave us hope that better government through bipartisanship is still possible.
The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act was introduced with an all-star list of cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. This legislation will reduce the number of presidential appointees subject to Senate confirmation and will do much to fix a broken nominations process that takes too long, is too complex and discourages some of our nation's best talent from serving.
We applaud all of the Senators involved in this effort, particularly Senators Schumer and Alexander for their hard work in drafting this proposal. We urge its swift passage.”
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, and available at www.ourpublicservice.org. 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.
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.