In the wake of a SCOTUS decision decided just a few weeks ago (Lucia v Security & Exchange Commission) where the court ruled administrative law judges (ALJs) were in fact, “officers of the United States” and hence subject to the appointments clause in the Constitution, President Trump ordered the hiring process for ALJs changed. In an Executive Order signed Tuesday, the President exempts candidates for ALJ positions from the “competitive examination and competitive service selection procedures”, essentially providing freedom for agencies to hire their own ALJs. Historically, ALJs have been hired from a general list of qualified candidates. The impact of this order becomes especially significant in light of the many ALJs employed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) and a host of other federal regulatory agencies which can have a major impact on the business community. Fearful of the President having too much control over ALJ hiring, House Democrats on the Education and Workforce Committee filed an amendment that would bar the use of funds to carry out the President’s order. Committee Member Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and David Cicilline (D-RI) expressed their concern that the order would undermine the “quality and integrity of the administrative law process” in this written statement released on Wednesday.