Appointment Process in the News

This page provides readers a source for recent news regarding the Appointments Process, whether it be newspaper articles, events, or interviews. Please glance through the listings to find a piece you are interested in.


MY THREE MADDENING, FUTILE YEARS INSIDE THE BROKEN SENATE CONFIRMATION PROCESS

MY THREE MADDENING, FUTILE YEARS INSIDE THE BROKEN SENATE CONFIRMATION PROCESS The 114th Congress ended this week, and with it went the confirmation chances of more than 80 qualified men and women nominated to government positions at all levels. On this Going Nowhere list are Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and many others whose names had been put forward for less-exalted positions. I was one of them.

My concept of public service was framed by the civics of “Schoolhouse Rock”: A president nominates men and women who have particular skills and experience that qualify them to hold specific government positions. Backgrounds and references are checked, nominations are submitted, and the Senate consents or not to confirmation. The process is straightforward, civil, expeditious and based on merit. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (1/6/17).

ETHICS OFFICIAL WARNS AGAINST CONFIRMATIONS BEFORE REVIEWS ARE COMPLETE

ETHICS OFFICIAL WARNS AGAINST CONFIRMATIONS BEFORE REVIEWS ARE COMPLETE A top ethics official has warned that plans to confirm Donald Trump’s top Cabinet choices before background examinations are complete are unprecedented and have overwhelmed government investigators responsible for the reviews.

The concerns prompted Democrats on Saturday to call for delaying the confirmation process, but Republicans signaled they are unlikely to budge on the eve of a slew of hearings in the Senate.

The Trump administration-in-waiting faces its first big test in coming days, with as many as seven nominees for Cabinet positions — many of them already the subject of questions about their qualifications — scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (1/7/17).

SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS TO BEGIN WITHOUT ALL BACKGROUND CHECKS

SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS TO BEGIN WITHOUT ALL BACKGROUND CHECKS As Senate Republicans embark on a flurry of confirmation hearings this week, several of Donald J. Trump’s appointees have yet to complete the background checks and ethics clearances customarily required before the Senate begins to consider cabinet-level nominees.

Republicans, who are expected to hold up to five hearings on Wednesday alone, say they simply want to ensure that the new president has a team in place as soon as possible. “I believe all the president-elect’s cabinet appointments will be confirmed,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said.

But Democrats are calling for the process to be slowed and for the hearings to be spread out. That, they say, would allow more time to vet the nominees. “Our first overarching focus is getting tax returns and ethics forms,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota. Click here to read the full article from the New York Times (1/7/17).

TRUMP NOMINEES' FILINGS THREATEN TO OVERWHELM FEDERAL ETHICS OFFICE

TRUMP NOMINEES' FILINGS THREATEN TO OVERWHELM FEDERAL ETHICS OFFICE Rex W. Tillerson owns more than $50 million of Exxon Mobil stock, has earned an annual salary of $10 million and holds a range of positions — from director at the Boy Scouts of America to the managing director of a Texas horse and cattle ranch.

But Mr. Tillerson is prepared to resign from all those posts, sell all his stock and put much of his money into bland investments like Treasury bonds if he becomes secretary of state, according to an “ethics undertakings” memo he filed this week with the State Department. And, if he returns to the oil industry in the next decade, he could lose as much as $180 million. Click here to read the full article from the New York Times (1/6/17).