Anne O’Connell

Trump’s hiring problem is getting better – but his administration is still thin

Anne O’Connell quoted by CNBC, June 30, 2017

O’Connell adds that deregulation — a key plank of the Trump agenda — could be hindered by a lack of officials at executive branch agencies. Agencies looking to repeal regulations as directed by Trump need to undertake a notice and comment process during rulemaking, something that could be hurt by fewer appointees.

Supreme Court limits presidential appointment power

Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by Fox News, March 23, 2017

Anne Joseph O’Connell … told Fox News that the White House could avoid nominating people for jobs covered by the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which allows acting officials to serve for “relatively long” periods of time. “The administration can go from one acting official to another acting official,” O’Connell said. “When the Senate and White House are controlled by different parties, I worry this might become the default track.”

Trump facing historic delays in confirmation push

Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by Fox News, Feb. 8, 2017

“Deputy secretaries are more important than Cabinet-level positions and they take a long time to fill,” said UC Berkeley Law Professor Anne Joseph O’Connell, who tracks presidential appointees. “You can have a secretary without government experience, but if they are paired with a deputy who understands laws that apply to government and not corporations, it works well—It’s a counter-balancing of expertise.”