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Slow pace of Trump nominations leaves Cabinet agencies ‘stuck’ in staffing limbo
In the News

April 25, 2017
"The Senate has confirmed 26 of Trump’s picks for his Cabinet and other top posts. But for 530 other vacant senior-level jobs requiring Senate confirmation, the president has advanced just 37 nominees, according to data tracked by The Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. These posts include the deputy secretaries and undersecretaries, chief financial officers, ambassadors, general counsels, and heads of smaller agencies who run the government day-to-day."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Trump’s biggest unfilled jobs
In the News

April 25, 2017
"Heading into the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency, the leader who promised to overhaul American tax policy hasn't named anyone to fill the top tax job in Washington. After promising a shake up of government hiring, he still has an empty slot for Washington's head of personnel. And as he takes on a rollback of Barack Obama's regulatory state, he hasn't submitted his nomination for the nation's regulatory czar."

Politico

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Appointee watch: several steps forward, one step back
In the News

April 25, 2017
"As President Trump continues to roll out nominations to key administration posts, he received a setback in the form of an appointee’s withdrawal. Todd Ricketts, who was chosen last November to serve as deputy secretary in the Commerce Department, removed himself from consideration due to difficulty disentangling himself from his business interests, the Chicago Sun Times reported last week."

Government Executive

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


Trump chief of staff blames Democrats for record-slow hiring pace
In the News

April 25, 2017
"With the media spotlight shining on President Trump’s first 100 days, the White House chief of staff on Sunday pointed a finger at Senate Democrats for what good government groups say is this administration’s record-setting slow pace in nominating people to the most vital agency jobs. In a testy exchange with moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reince Priebus was asked to explain why the White House personnel office has made only 45 key nominations, only 22 of which have been confirmed."

Government Executive

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Help wanted: Trump administration still has hundreds of jobs to fill
In the News

April 24, 2017

"Despite an ambitious agenda, the Trump administration is wrapping up its first 100 days with a long list of campaign promises to work on — and an even longer list of positions that remain empty. Nearly three months into Trump's term, two of his nominees, Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta and Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue, have yet to be confirmed. The delays are far longer than for any of the last six administrations."

CNBC

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


White House loads thinly staffed agencies with policy deadlines
In the News

April 24, 2017
"Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has signed more than two dozen executive orders on issues ranging from border security to government restructuring and financial reform. But most of those executive orders have one commonality: They assign the heavy lifting to government agencies and set ambitious deadlines for them to report back."

CNBC

Tag(s): agencies, White House


Despite rhetoric, Trump plan focuses more on staff cuts than good government
In the News

April 17, 2017

"When Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s plan to remake the federal government, the tough, right-wing small government advocate, sounded like a middle-of-the-road resident. “It’s not about big government, it’s not about small government,” the Office of Management and Budget director said, “it’s about good government.”

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Office of Management and Budget, White House


President Trump’s ‘substitute teacher’ problem
In the News

April 17, 2017

"The White House’s slow pace of hiring may hamper its dream of reorganizing—and shrinking—the federal government, says Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service."

The Atlantic

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


New OMB performance mgmt. guidance comes down too harshly on poor performers, experts say
In the News

April 14, 2017

"Human capital experts have long argued federal managers lack the tools they need to be good supervisors — leaders who empower their employees to perform at a high level, while recruiting and retaining new talent and eliminating those who can’t or refuse to meet their agency’s mission. The Office of Management and Budget’s recent government restructuring memo acknowledges those challenges and even sets agencies on a path to tackle some of them, but some experts say the emphasis on poor performers in the guidance is too strong."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


SEC sees transition as opportunity to involve employees in engagement improvements
In the News

April 12, 2017

"The Securities and Exchange Commission sees transition years like this one as an opportunity to capitalize on recent improvements it’s made on employee engagement. The SEC jumped from 27th to sixth on the Best Places to Work rankings over the past five years. The Partnership for Public Service in 2016 recognized SEC as the “most improved” among mid-sized agencies. It raised its index score by 7.5 points in 2016."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, transition management


DeVos announces Education Departments hires
In the News

April 12, 2017

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced the names of personnel who will serve in key leadership positions at the Education Department, a move that comes after she spent the first two months of her tenure operating with a skeletal beachhead team."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, transition management


Donald Trump’s long March problem
In the News

April 12, 2017

"A new president needs to staff his administration with people who will be loyal to him. Donald Trump's problem is that he does not have enough loyalists to staff the White House, much less the entire executive branch."

Washington Examiner

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


’If you’re a really good federal worker, you should welcome’ the reorganization plan, OMB says
In the News

April 12, 2017

"The Office of Management and Budget’s new memo on reorganizing and restructuring makes clear what President Donald Trump has long suggested — that his administration can run the government more efficiently and effectively with a smaller federal workforce. But OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said federal employees shouldn’t be depressed by the possibility of cuts. They should welcome the opportunity to create a more efficient and effective government — and get recognized for their good work, he said."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management, Office of Management and Budget


Feds’ best places to work might not be so good for long
In the News

April 10, 2017

"The best places to work in the federal government won’t be very good very long if President Trump gets his budget. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) issued that warning in his opening statement to a House hearing last week. The Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee session was called to explore the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


The Trump administration needs to fill key foreign policy positions in the State Department
In the News

April 10, 2017

"The U.S. State Department is America’s connection the outside world, an architect of diplomatic missions and initiatives that bridge our culture and values with that of the nearly 200 other sovereign states. But how can the State Department ever fulfill any of these needs if it is without its own top leadership?"

The State Press

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


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