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In a letter dated June 23, 2008, the noted government reform expert Paul Light — a professor at NYU Wagner — has urged John McCain and Barack Obama to use their influence and unique position as sitting senators running for president to pass bi-partisan legislation that would reform the appointment process and improve government performance. The McCain-Obama Government for the 21st Century Act recommended by Professor Light would cut the number of presidential appointees next year, accelerate the nomination and confirmation process, and help fix a broken federal government. A strong focus on governance during the campaign, Dr. Light contends in the letter sent to the two senators, will ensure that the next president is truly "Ready on Day One."
The release of the letter (below) coincides with the publication of Professor Light's op-ed in The Washington Post, entitled "Can't-Do Government" (also below).