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The Energy 202: This EPA nominee may be the first Trump appointee to be defeated by Congress
In the News

November 17, 2017

Despite the drumbeat of opposition to President Trump's political nominees, Senate Democrats haven't been able to do much to stop Congress from confirming them.

The Washington Post


Hundreds of “acting” government officials just lost their decision-making authority
In the News

November 17, 2017

President Trump likes to excoriate Senate Democrats for holding up the process by which he’s filling the 612 executive-branch positions that require confirmation. Yet even if the upper chamber’s minority party has been able to muck up the works for the White House’s nominees, the other big reason parts of the federal government can seem so skeletal right now is that Trump simply hasn’t put forward names for hundreds of crucial jobs.

Washingtonian


The Agriculture Department hired more than 50 political appointees. They all say they're white.
In the News

November 15, 2017

Strict rules shape the hiring process for most jobs in the federal government. But the executive branch has leeway in bringing on political appointees, and the Trump administration is giving drastically fewer of those positions to minorities than the Obama administration did. The Department of Agriculture’s staffing provides a stark example.

Buzzfeed


Appointee watch: The 300-day mark
In the News

November 15, 2017

Wednesday marked President Trump’s 300th day in office, but his administration remains in flux, with many key jobs still unfilled and a revolving door of nominees stumbling before they can be confirmed by the Senate.

Government Executive


Acting CIOs still in place at one-third of CFO agencies
In the News

November 15, 2017

Though the Trump administration is making progress filling federal chief information officer positions with permanent officials, about one-third of major agencies still have acting officials in place.

NextGov


At 300 days, Trump faces hundreds of key vacancies
In the News

November 14, 2017

Approaching 300 days since the inauguration, President Donald Trump's pace for staffing key government positions continues to lag behind those of previous administrations.

Federal Computer Week


Tillerson’s ‘redesign’ for State looks a lot like a retreat
In the News

November 12, 2017

What is going on at the State Department? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has begun a “redesign” and has spent much of this year working on it. There is not an agency in government that could not benefit from a fresh look, but the importance of the State Department’s mission should not be in doubt.

The Washington Post


Floodgates open for Trump’s Pentagon nominees
In the News

November 09, 2017

Even as Sen. John McCain began his battle against brain cancer in July, the Arizona Republican and powerful chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee was quietly waging another kind of war.

Stars and Stripes


Law could trigger 'biblical changing of the guard'
In the News

November 09, 2017

A little-known law soon could restrict top acting officials across the federal government and possibly leave the Trump administration's coming environmental and energy policy decisions legally vulnerable.

E&E News


Seeking reinforcements, Zinke turns up heat on Senate
In the News

November 08, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now putting more public pressure on the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm the department's nominees who appear stuck in limbo.

E&E News


The Energy 202: Some Trump environmental picks finally get their day in Congress. Others are still waiting.
In the News

November 08, 2017

The name Andrew Wheeler, a former policy staffer for Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) turned coal and nuclear lobbyist, came up back in March as a possible choice to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Washington Post


US 'loses 60% of career ambassadors' since January
In the News

November 08, 2017

The United States has lost 60% of its career ambassadors since January, according to the head of the labour union that represents US diplomats.

BBC


Democrats assail environmental nominees over climate change
In the News

November 08, 2017

A Senate hearing on nominees for two top environmental posts on Wednesday quickly turned testy over the Trump administration’s ambivalence on climate change science.

The New York Times


Inside Betsy DeVos’s efforts to shrink the Education Department
In the News

November 08, 2017

The seventh floor of the Education Department’s headquarters near the Mall used to bustle. Now, nearly a dozen offices sit empty and quiet.

The Washington Post


Clock ticking on officials in acting roles
In the News

November 07, 2017

For some feds in "acting" roles, the curtain is about to come down. The Trump administration is about to hit a deadline that covers officials acting in jobs that are supposed to be filled by political appointment. Under the Vacancies Act of 1998, officials in acting roles have a 210-day clock before their temporary terms are cut off. The act grants incoming administrations a 90-day extension, giving them 300 days from Inauguration Day before the first tranche of acting officials trigger the terms of the law.

Federal Computer Week


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