|Jim Pfiffner, University |
Professor, Public Policy
"For nominees, what should be an exhilarating move into governmental leadership becomes an obstacle course of financial disclosure, ethics, background investigation, and Senate Committee forms often requiring lawyers and accountants. The increasing number of political appointees (numbering thousands) along with the multiplying layers of vetting, have resulted in a process that leaves the government short of executive leadership many months into a new president's term.... Fixing the process is important to the functioning of the executive branch of government, but reforms are contentious and fraught with political roadblocks."
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