U.S. House passes legislation to bypass some confirmation for presidential appointments

Late Tuesday evening, with a vote of 261-116, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 679 – the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streaming Act of 2011.  The U.S. Senate previously pasted this legislation on June 29, 2011 by a vote of 79-20.  The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the amount of presidential appointments that the Senate must confirm thereby improving the efficiency of confirming a selected 220 executive branch positions.  Currently there are approximately 1,400 executive branch positions that require a Senate confirmation.

Included in the 220 executive branch positions that this legislation eliminates from senate confirmation are the 20 members of the National Museum and Library Services Board.  This action may affect the current 8 nominees that have already been nominated for the National Museum and Library Services Board if they are not confirmed by the time this bill goes into effect.

This legislation will become effective in 60 days.

Jeffrey Kratz is the Assistant Director of ALA Washington Office's Office of Government Relations (OGR).

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