Restoring the proper role of the Presidency.
We’re proposing a series of nonpartisan reforms to return the Presidency to its proper constitutional role.
The Executive Branch needs reform.
It's been nearly fifty years since Congress and the Executive Branch made their last major reforms to the Presidency. In recent years, the laws, norms, and institutions they created have proven insufficient. It's time, once again, to restore the proper role of the Presidency.
Challenges & Reforms
The Electoral Count Act is a vague piece of legislation that must be clarified to prevent the politicization of certifying election results.
Informal norms that govern the President's relationship with law enforcement have proven to be insufficient to prevent abuses.
Legislative and Executive Branch reforms should focus on reining in an over-extended Executive Branch and adding greater legal specificity to certain Presidential powers.
Reforming the Electoral Count Act
A statement from Presidential Reform Project Co-Chairs Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith on recent Senate actions to clarify the vague language and ambiguities in the Electoral Count Act.
Who We Are
Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith are accomplished legal scholars with experience in Presidential administrations of both parties. They have come together to propose reforms geared toward reforming the Presidency and rebuilding some of the guardrails around Presidential power.
Harvard Law School
NYU School of Law
News & Updates
Lawfare: Inspector General Reform in the NDAA
December 23, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith
Lawfare: Congress Mandates Sweeping Transparency Reforms for International Agreements
December 23, 2022 Jack Goldsmith
Statement from PRP Co-Chairs on Senate Progress on ECA Legislation
September 27, 2022 Statement
Election Law Blog: Clarity about the Electoral Count Reform Act and Gubernatorial Certification
September 12, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith
Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith Discuss ECA Reform on Morning Joe
August 4, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith