Well, there shouldn’t have to be a law. But apparently, it takes and Act of Congress, to get the president to appoint qualified individuals to government posts.
Today, Congressman Henry A. Waxman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi introduced the Anti-Cronyism and Public Safety Act, which would prohibit the President from appointing unqualified individuals to critical public safety positions in the government.
… The bill would require any presidential appointee for a public safety position to have proven, relevant credentials for that position. In addition, the legislation bars from appointment to an agency any individual who has been a lobbyist for an industry subject to the agency’s authority during the preceding two years.
Oh, and I love that Pelosi managed to work in the phrase “culture of cronyism.”