Draining the swamp: Bill combating bureaucratic overreach okayed

Proposal to give elected officials control over appointments of senior ministry advisors wins coalition backing.

Mordechai Sones ,

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
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The Ministerial Committee on Legislation, on Sunday, approved a bill proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) meant to change the process of selecting legal advisors to government ministries.

According to the proposal, the legal advisors of the ministries will be chosen by means of a recruitment committee and not via a tender process as is customary today.

Following the recommendation of the recruitment committee appointed by various representatives, headed by the Director General of the given ministry, the matter will be brought to the minister for approval with the consent of the Attorney General.

Minister Shaked explained, "Unfortunately, legal advisors have become very dominant positions in the ministries, so it is natural for a minister to be dominant in the selection of his legal advisor."

"There is a very correct balance in the bill between the legal advisor's role as a policy implementer and the fact that he is the gatekeeper," added Shaked.