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.
Anne Joseph O’Connell writes for Brookings, April 13, 2017
Although Democrats may smart in the short run, they will eventually appreciate its end. All of us, no matter partisan affiliation, may benefit if both parties then choose less conventional nominees.
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.”
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.”
Anne O’Connell quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 24, 2017
If his picks are approved, Mr. Trump’s cabinet will have the greatest number of high-level executives coming directly from the private sector since the Reagan administration, according to Anne Joseph O’Connell.
Anne O’Connell quoted by The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2017
“Secretary of Treasury and secretary of defense have never been a woman or a person of color,” said Anne O’Connell, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Trump’s choices continue that pattern.
Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by New York Magazine, Dec. 17, 2016
Furthermore, UC Berkeley School of Law professor Anne Joseph O’Connell, who tracks these statistics, tells the AP that she expects even less diversity in the lower levels of government under Trump.
Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by Associated Press, Dec. 15, 2016
“The Cabinet choices are the most visible. And, consequently, to the extent that he faces pressure on diversity, it plays out here,” said O’Connell, who added that she expects even less diversity in lower-level government posts.
Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted in The Daily Californian, Sept. 3, 2015
“Incredibly important policy positions are often not filled,” O’Connell said. “I’m worried about the functioning of modern government, which relies heavily on administrative agencies to do its work.”
Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted in The Washington Post, September 20, 2015
“Democrats in the White House face more pressure on ‘demographic’ staffing because many groups who want to see leaders like them worked hard to elect the president,” she said.