Debate Over Selected Presidential Assistants and Advisors: Appointment, Accountability, and Congressional Oversight [October 9, 2009] [open pdf - 593KB]
"This report provides brief background information and selected views on the role of some of these appointees and discusses selected appointments in the Obama Administration. Additionally, it discusses some of the constitutional concerns that have been raised about presidential advisors. These include, for example, the kinds of positions that qualify as the type that must be filled in accordance with the Appointments Clause, with a focus on examining a few existing positions established by statute, executive order, and regulation. The report also reviews certain congressional oversight processes and assesses the applicability of these processes to presidential advisors. Legislative and non-legislative options for congressional consideration are presented. An Appendix provides tables showing selected appointments in the Administration of President Obama, the membership of the President's Cabinet, and selected legislation, introduced in the 111th Congress, related to the issues discussed in this report. This report will be updated as circumstances dictate."
CRS Report for Congress, R40856
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