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Trump is crippling his own administration
In the News

April 10, 2017

"PRETTY SOON, the Trump administration may trot out 100 or 200 new appointees to high-level positions in the U.S. government that require Senate confirmation. We hope these appointees are at least well along in the pipeline. As it stands now, President Trump is falling behind the pace of his recent predecessors in filling jobs in vital areas such as public health, foreign policy and military affairs, among others. While every administration moves too slowly, a prolonged period of empty chairs could hamper crisis management and weaken U.S. policy over the long term."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


“Why the “Trump” State Department still loves George Soros”
In the News

April 07, 2017

"The failure of the Trump administration thus far to staff up the executive branch is hurting the conservative policy agenda and thwarting the will of the voters. And six Republican senators who asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to probe whether foreign aid is promoting a progressive agenda around the world just got an abject lesson in how."

New York Post

Tag(s): agencies, Congress, White House


Axios AM: Another big thing: Governing from 1 building
In the News

April 06, 2017

"According to the Political Appointee Tracker of the Partnership for Public Service, of 553 key positions in the Trump administration requiring Senate confirmation, 486 have no nominee, 24 are awaiting nomination, 21have been nominated and 22 confirmed."

Axios

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Kelly promises new DHS morale turnaround, leadership strategy
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Lawmakers are encouraged by recent comments from the Homeland Security Department’s new leader, Secretary John Kelly, who indicated that after years of low employee morale and poor perceptions of DHS leadership, things are about to change."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management


Morning agenda: Understaffed Treasury isn’t ready for tax overhaul
In the News

April 04, 2017

"President Trump has promised to overhaul a pledge that has cheered investors. But there's a problem: He hasn't yet names the people who would do it."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


“Trump is ready for tax cuts, but his Treasury Department isn’t”
In the News

April 03, 2017

"After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative inititative, a tax overhaul. "Obviously, we're driving the train on this," said Sean Spicer, the president's spokesman."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Mystery Trump workers hold DOE, Interior jobs
In the News

March 30, 2017

"Both Interior and DOE have numerous other mystery employees. EPA did not officially comment on beachhead employees, but their names are listed in a public directory — and an internal email giving more detail on their experience was widely leaked to reporters."

E&E News

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, White House


Can Trump fix government by running it like a business?
In the News

March 29, 2017

"Past administrations have attempted reform by taking cues from the private sector with mixed results. It might be even harder for a White House that lacks experience in government to achieve success."

The Atlantic

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Plans to streamline agencies, regulations likely to fall short
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump has big plans to overhaul the federal government and cut regulations in short order, but right now he just doesn’t have the people to carry them out. “There is clearly room to better organize the federal government,” said Beth Cobert, former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. “There is clearly room to think about regulatory streamlining.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump wants to overhaul an understaffed government desperate for leadership
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, the Trump administration will announce the launch of a new team within the White House dedicated to a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, using ideas from the private sector to improve the efficiency of the government’s operations. The Washington Post, which broke the story, reported the White House Office of American Innovation will be run by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president whose crowded portfolio also includes managing relations with China, negotiating Middle East peace, and more."

The Fiscal Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


“Why the government can’t compete with Silicon Valley”
In the News

March 24, 2017

"The federal government’s tech workforce skews older. As its IT employees retire, they could be hard to replace — it’s difficult for federal agencies to attract young tech workers. You can see the federal IT worker shortage playing out on your computer screen. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a tech think tank, analyzed almost 300 of the most popular federal websites, looking at security and speed, and whether they’re mobile friendly and accessible for the disabled."

Marketplace

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Overshadowed executive order sets stage for threatened federal programs, workforce. Layoffs loom.
In the News

March 20, 2017

Welcome to Trumpland — a place of endangered domestic programs and a threatened federal workforce. “Hard power” is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s description of President Trump’s proposed budget. Hardhearted is another.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump's management priorities critical to policy rollouts
In the News

March 20, 2017

"While short on details, the outline of the management agenda included in the budget appears headed in the right direction, with proposals to make greater use of data for decision-making and program evaluation; holding agencies and managers accountable for performance; improving the cumbersome hiring process to better attract top talent; and streamlining the way the government buys goods and services."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Federal Workforce Snapshot: Social Security Administration
Tools and Templates

March 17, 2017

The federal workforce snapshots provide a visual look at agencies from across government. Each snapshot features charts and graphics on an agency’s workforce, customer service and the satisfaction and commitment of its employees.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointments, data


Trump falling far behind in nominating State officials
In the News

March 17, 2017

"As President Donald Trump proposes to slash nearly a third from the State Department's budget, the nation's diplomatic agency grapples with a more immediate problem: a lack of top officials. Not only have no deputies been confirmed to join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but they haven't even been nominated in the first place."

CNN

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


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