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The shallow state
In the News

March 17, 2017

"President Donald Trump and his team are famously concerned with the notion that elements of the federal government are working to covertly resist him and thwart his agenda, with some supporters applying the loaded term "deep state" to this fear."

U.S. News

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


What government reform experts think of Trump’s plan to make ‘government work again’
In the News

March 16, 2017

"Most of the news about Trump's proposed budget focuses on the numbers part -- the steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and departments like Agriculture, Labor and State; the $54 billion increase in defense spending; the elimination of nearly 20 independent agencies. But tucked inside the 53-page document from the Office of Management and Budget is a brief two-page description of how the Trump administration intends to manage the federal bureaucracy, a nod to the agency's mandate of overseeing agency performance and things like human capital, procurement and information technology."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government
In the News

March 08, 2017

"While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior."

Pro Publica

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


Why Reagan’s vaunted ‘starve the beast’ plan failed
In the News

March 07, 2017

"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan famously said: "Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem." He promised to "curb the size and influence of the federal establishment" and followed up with a federal hiring freeze and plans to abolish two behemoth agencies: the Energy and Education departments. President Trump has taken a page from the Reagan playbook on the federal workforce."

E&E News

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


Broken budget process costs taxpayers billions of dollars
In the News

March 02, 2017

"The stage is set for another difficult year, and, for every day of budget gridlock, the efficiency and effectiveness of government suffers. This is bad news for the American people, who deserve a government that spends their money wisely. But even in this dysfunctional environment, some common sense reforms can be adopted to improve congressional and agency performance and save taxpayers billions of dollars."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, budget, White House


Trump’s advisers push him to purge Obama appointees
In the News

March 02, 2017

"Advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to purge the government of former President Barack Obama's political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him, amid a cascade of damaging stories that have put his nascent administration in seemingly constant crisis-control mode."

Politico

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Trump’s budget plan brings uncertainty, layoff fears
In the News

March 01, 2017

"Leave it to Donald Trump to bring a cold front to Washington’s warm winter. His plan to cut $54 billion in domestic discretionary spending could make his hiring freeze look like a sunny day. Yet the president’s budget plans are so vague at this point, federal employees don’t know how to dress. They should prepare for the worst. Taxpayers too."

The Washington Post

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


Commerce secretary promises ‘special renaissance’ under Trump administration
In the News

March 01, 2017

"The Commerce Department faces some growing pains under President Donald Trump’s administration, including new challenges for the 2020 Census. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he anticipates a “special renaissance for the Department of Commerce” that includes making it the best place to work in the federal government."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, Ready to Govern, White House


Rex Tillerson is the opposite of Donald Trump. Will he have any sway?
In the News

February 25, 2017

"For the man who is the public face of US diplomacy, Tillerson keeps a remarkably low profile. Which has left staff at the State Department, and the journalists who cover it, wondering how he will fare against competing power centres in the White House, and how he will represent America to the world."

BBC News

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


The deafening silence in Foggy Bottom
In the News

February 23, 2017

"The State Department employs more than 70,000 people around the world, the vast bulk of them apolitical civil servants. In the weeks since President Donald Trump took office, some have gone. Perhaps of greater concern, fewer have come."

Politico Magazine

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


A management lesson for President Trump: government works better when morale is high
In the News

February 16, 2017

Presidents often clash with branches of the federal government. Most famous, perhaps, is the high levels of mistrust between President John F. Kennedy and the Pentagon in dealing with the Cuban missile crisis. The Pentagon favored an invasion of Cuba and thought Kennedy was naive and shy about the Soviet threat. 

Vox

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s war with the intelligence community is his biggest yet
In the News

February 16, 2017

Less than a month in office, President Trump has engaged in plenty of fights already — with the courts, Mexico, the media, and even Nordstrom. But his emerging fight with the U.S. intelligence community (over Russia and leaks) might be his biggest fight yet. On the one hand, you have the New York Times reporting that Trump is planning to appoint an ally who has little experience in intelligence matters "to lead a broad review" of the intelligence agencies.

NBC News

Tag(s): agencies, national security, White House


How the hiring freeze targets millennials
In the News

February 14, 2017

The federal civilian hiring freeze instituted by President Donald Trump is almost four weeks old. While there are numerous exceptions and carve-outs -- for national security and public health posts, and for certain trouble spots like the more than 35,000 vacant medical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- the vast majority of government is affected."

FWC

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Federal websites, agencies frozen in time, or MIA
In the News

February 14, 2017

“Tried checking the Office of Management and Budget website? You can't, because it's not there. A search resulted in this message from the White House: “Thank you for your interest in this subject. STAY TUNED AS WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE WHITEHOUSE.GOV.” The OMB, a White House agency, is the “implementation and enforcement arm of Presidential policy government-wide,” according to an archived version of the agency's website as it existed under President Barack Obama.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


How to win over Washington? Listen to your federal workforce
In the News

February 10, 2017

As the Trump administration’s new Cabinet secretaries and other top-level political appointees get acquainted with their responsibilities, some will find they have inherited high-performing organizations while others will discover that their agencies are struggling.

The Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, management


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