Reforming Congress – Kristine Simmons, Vice President, Center for Presidential Transition (Part 1)

March 9, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:14 – Background
  • 1:19 – Describe your experience on the Hill as a staffer in. The House vs. Senate
  • 4:41 – What kind of activities occurred in your role in the Exec Branch while going to the Capitol
  • 8:32 – Introducing the Partnership for Public Service
  • 12:05 – Discussing the process of Executive Branch appointments sent to the Senate
  • 17:13 – What are the criteria by which senators evaluate a nominee?
  • 20:38 – Are there ways the confirmation process can be improved?
  • 23:21 – What are the motivations for the Senate leaving vacancies to executive branch positions?
  • 25:37 – How can the requirement for senate confirmed positions be added or removed for particular positions?
  • 26:35 – On Oversight, from the perspective of the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch
  • 30:01 – How do committees gain information in order to conduct oversight into their respective policy areas?
    [End of Part 1]
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