S. Hrg. 107-118: State of the Presidential Appointment Process: Hearings before the Committee on Governmental Affairs United States Senate One Hundred Seventh Congress First Session, April 4 and 5, 2001 [open pdf - 14MB]
S. Hrg. 107-118: Today's hearing is the first of two the Committee will conduct on the state of the Presidential appointment process. We will hear this afternoon from our panel of respected witnesses on the process Presidential appointees currently undergo, problems that have developed, and whether they are a barrier to public service.... In fact, the entire appointment process has become so complex that some of the best qualified people are reportedly turning down the opportunity for public service. Citing privacy concerns, severe post-employment restrictions, and the sometimes low public image of government officials, potential appointees are reluctant to enter the fray. The key to a successful administration is the ability to get its people in place in a timely manner. Democracy is thwarted when the President's ability to carry out this task is hampered by a reluctance to serve and unnecessary delays. From most accounts, the ability of the President to appoint good people to key positions in government on a timely basis is in doubt. Statements, witnesses and submissions: Fred Thompson, Daniel Akaka, George Voinovich, Thomas Carper, Thad Cochran, Sean O'Keefe, Robert Nash, Paul Light, G. Calvin Mackenzie, Scott Harshbarger, Patricia McGinnis, Norman Ornstein, Amy Comstock, Nancy Kassebaum, Franklin Raines, Gary Hart, Warren Rudman, Richard Cohen, Terry Sullivan, and Carl Levin.
S. Hrg. 107-118; Senate Hearing 107-118