Recommendations forestalled or forgotten? the national commission on the public service and presidential appointments

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Nearly two decades after the first Volcker Commission issued its report on the federal public service, the presidential appointment and confirmation process remains long, cumbersome, intensive, and embarrassing. As the evidence presented in this essay suggests, the process may attract people who are motivated more by personal rewards than by the intrinsic value of public service. Although recent administrations have displayed little enthusiasm for reforming the federal appointment process, the best hope for change may reside in future presidents' desire to assert tight political control over executive departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-417
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

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