Special Joint Subcommittee on Gubernatorial Appointments
CHS. 803 and 938-
ACTS OF ASSEMBLY OF 2005
December 1, 2005
reported on their review of the resumes and financial statements for the
Governor's appointments communicated in his letters of June 1, August
1, and September 21, 2005, and distributed among the members on November
22. Staff distributed additional paperwork received from the Secretary
of the Commonwealth since November 22.
Secretary of the
Commonwealth, Anita Rimler, delivered copies of the Governor's letter
of November 30, 2005, communicating additional appointments and accompanying
press releases. There will be approximately 100 more appointments made
during the balance of his term.
The members noted
several items to discuss with the incoming administration to improve the
information provided to the subcommittee and the General Assembly:
- Complete resumes
and statements on the appointee's qualifications for the post. A number
of resumes were not complete in this regard and failed to include attachments
provided by the appointees.
of the slot being filled by the appointee when there is a particular
geographic or qualification associated with the slot. The Secretary's
Blue Book should also provide this type of identification.
- Complete financial
statements and a copy of an earlier statement if it is relied on in
the current statement.
The chair will meet
with the appropriate persons in the new administration to communicate
these concerns. The members agreed that the failure to provide complete
paperwork for an appointee should continue to be grounds for withdrawal
of the name or for a refusal to confirm.
The members agreed
to recommend that new cabinet secretaries should be interviewed by the
standing committees with jurisdiction over the secretariat and that the
House and Senate committees should hold joint interviews whenever practical.
Subcommittee members will review further the list of agency heads appointed
by the Governor to identify other positions for which interviews are appropriate.
The Hon. Jeannemarie