By National Defense Research Institute (U. S.), Cheryl Y. Marcum

In 1998, the safety technology Board activity strength on Human assets Strategywas proven for the aim of comparing the dept of Defense's(DoD's) skill to draw and maintain either civilian and army personnel.As a part of this evaluate, RAND used to be requested to review the expansion of politicalappointment positions in the DoD in addition to to check the appointmentand affirmation approach that strength political appointees face. Taskedwith reviewing proper DoD info, the nationwide protection examine Institute(NDRI), performing in aid of the safeguard technological know-how Board job strength, foundthat the variety of DoD positions requiring Senate affirmation has grownsignificantly over the last twenty years. The research additionally published that thefunctional obligations of such positions have narrowed whereas theirvacancy charges have elevated. In assessing the literature, the NDRI foundthat disincentives exist within the political appointment and confirmationprocess -- particularly, requisites that applicants divulge a number of personaland monetary details; standards to conform with conflict-of-interestregulations which may require divestiture of inventory holdings; and requirementsto conform to huge put up employment regulations. also, thelength of the appointment and affirmation procedure itself might function adisincentive to power appointees.

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Department of Defense Political Appointments: Positions and Process

In 1998, the safety technology Board activity strength on Human assets Strategywas demonstrated for the aim of comparing the dept of Defense's(DoD's) potential to draw and continue either civilian and armed forces body of workers. As a part of this overview, RAND was once requested to review the expansion of politicalappointment positions in the DoD in addition to to check the appointmentand affirmation method that power political appointees face.

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Mackenzie (1998) also reported that “efforts _________________ 28The Senate at this time was also under Republican control. ” The use of holds and filibusters had increased: “In the 1990s and in 1997 especially, holds have become an increasingly common presence in the appointment process. ” The actions taken by senators to block nominations have gotten press attention, and consequently individuals who follow the sagas of holds in the Senate may consider declining offers of political appointee positions to avoid the chance of a difficult Senate confirmation and consequent media coverage.

10 The SF 278 asks respondents to list: _________________ 8These investigations began in 1953 after President Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10450 (Mackenzie, 1996). 9The tax-check waiver is presented in Mackenzie (1996). 10In addition, presidential and vice-presidential candidates are required to complete the form, as are military officers above the O-6 pay grade who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. , career SES employees as well as the PAS and noncareer SES appointees.

The federal government contributes 1 percent of pay to the plan automatically and up to 4 percent to the plan if the employee contributes to the TSP. 39 ________________ 38There are two civil service retirement systems in effect: the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) (for all federal employees hired after January 1, 1984, and for employees hired prior to that time who decided to transfer to the new FERS system). The CSRS system did not cover individuals serving in excluded positions—PAS and noncareer SES—except when individuals had been in the CSRS system and transferred to the excluded position without a break in service.

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