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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Bill would trim list of Senate-confirmed jobs

Hundreds of assistant secretaries and senior officials responsible for budgetary or technological issues may soon be exempt from the usually lengthy, arduous Senate confirmation process.

A bipartisan group of senators announced legislation Wednesday cutting the number of government positions requiring Senate confirmation by about a third, removing 200 executive branch nominees and 3,000 noncontroversial officer positions from the roles.

The bill, introduced by Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), is in response to a push earlier this year by less-senior senators eager to revamp the Senate’s rules and procedures.

Senate committees would see a reduction in the number of nominees they usher through the process. The full list of proposed cuts, by committee assignment, appears below:

Agriculture Committee: Eleven of the 36 positions under its jurisdiction would no longer be Senate confirmable: Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer, Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Directors (seven positions), Commodity Credit Corporation.

Armed Services Committee: (12 of the 78 positions under its control would be made non-confirmable): Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration), Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Comptroller), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Comptroller), Assistant Secretary of Navy (Comptroller), Members (six), National Security Education Board.

Banking Committee: (8/81 will be made non-confirmable) Assistant Secretary for Administration, Human Capital Officer, HUD Chief Financial Officer, HUD Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, HUD Director of the Mint, Department of the Treasury, Members (2), Council of Economic Advisers Administrator, Community Development Financial Institution Fund.

Commerce Committee: (14/103 regular positions and 319 NOAA Officer Corps positions will be made non-confirmable) Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information, Department of Commerce Chief Scientist, NOAA Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs - CFO, Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs, Department of Transportation Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Financial Officer, NASA Associate Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director, Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director, Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project Officer Corps of NOAA (319 additional positions).

Energy Committee: (2/31 will be made non-confirmable) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Environment and Public Works Committee: (9/63 will be made non-confirmable) Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission Chief Financial Officer, EPA Commissioners (7), Mississippi River Corporation.

Finance Committee: (4/50 will be made non-confirmable) Deputy Under Secretary/Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of Treasury Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning, Department of Treasury Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Treasury Treasurer of the United States.

Foreign Relations Committee: (14/323 will be made non-confirmable) Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of State Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of State Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of State Chief Financial Officer, Department of State Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs, USAID Assistant Administrator for Management, USAID Governor, African Development Bank Alternate Governor, African Development Bank Governor, Asian Development Bank Alternate Governor, Asian Development Bank Governor, International Monetary Fund and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development Alternate Governor, International Monetary Fund and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development Governor, African Development Fund Alternate Governor, African Development Fund.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: (101/281 regular positions and 2,536 Public Health Service Officer Corps positions will be made non-confirmable) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Management, Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Department of Education Commissioner - Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner - Education Statistics Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology/CFO, Department of HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation, Department of HHS Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth, Families Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Department of Labor Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Labor Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor Chairperson, National Council on Disability Vice Chairperson (two), National Council on Disability Members (12), National Council on Disability Members (24), National Science Foundation Managing Directors (two), Corporation on National and Community Service Members (15), National Board of Education Sciences Members (20), National Museum and Library Services Board Members (10), National Institute for Literary Advisory Board Public Health Services Corps (2,536 additional positions).

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: (6/60 will be made non-confirmable) Chief Financial Officer for Department of Homeland Security Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management, OMB Director, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, DHS Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs Chief Medical Officer, DHS Administrator for U.S. Fire Administration, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Administrator for Grants, FEMA.

Indian Affairs Committee: (14/15 will be made non-confirmable) Commissioner, Navajo and Hopi Relocation Members (13), Board of Trustees, Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture.

Judiciary Committee: (10/248 will be made non-confirmable) Assistant Attorney General - Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance Director, National Institute of Justice Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Director, Office for Victims of Crime Deputy Director, National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director, Demand Reduction, National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director, State and Local Affairs, National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director, Supply Reduction, National Drug Control Policy.

Veterans Affairs Committee: (5/16 will be made non-confirmable) Assistant Secretary for Management, Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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