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Trump’s next 1,361 days
In the News

April 25, 2017
"Donald Trump is not wrong: Judging a presidency on its first 100 days is an inherently ridiculous exercise. There is, however, a less ridiculous way to assess Trump’s first few months, and he does not fare well."

Bloomeberg View

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, 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


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


Who’s running the government? Trump has yet to fill 85% of key executive branch positions
In the News

April 24, 2017

"Nearly 100 days into his term, President Donald Trump hasn't nominated anyone for 85% of key executive branch positions that require Senate confirmation. Of the 554 positions requiring confirmation, as of Saturday, 473 have no nominee, 35 have been announced but not formally nominated, 24 have been nominated, and just 22 have been confirmed thus far, according to a database put together by the Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service."

Business Insider

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


Trump team work ramps up but with bare-bones crew
In the News

April 21, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s team of top advisers is expected to remain bare bones after Congress returns, raising questions about the administration’s ability to achieve an ambitious overhaul of the U.S. tax code, reshape the budget, and change the regulatory landscape."

Bloomberg BNA

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


Todd Ricketss, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, ends bid for Commerce post
In the News

April 20, 2017

"Todd Ricketts, whom President Donald Trump tapped late last year to serve as deputy commerce secretary, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday after complications arose as he tried to divest his financial portfolio to avoid conflicts of interest."

The Wall Street Journal

Tag(s): appointments, vetting, White House


Trump learning to love Bush aides
In the News

April 17, 2017

"Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly declared that “the last thing we need is another Bush,” as he vowed to take on two political dynasties — the Bushes and the Clintons. But as president, Trump has been increasingly dipping into the talent pool from the George W. Bush administration that he regularly vilified during the campaign to now fill critical administration posts."

Politico

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


Don Benton: the Trump ‘shadow’ adviser taking over the US draft system
In the News

April 15, 2017

"Former lawmaker, a member of the president’s ‘shadow cabinet’ spread across the government, was reassigned from the EPA after reportedly talking too much"

The Guardian

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


Trump administration hasn’t even named candidates for hundreds of key positions
In the News

April 13, 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 a longer list of White House positions that remain empty. Some 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): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump blasts obstructionism that exists only in his mind
In the News

April 13, 2017

"In late February, Donald Trump sat down with Fox News, which asked the president about the vacancies in key posts throughout his administration. Trump said the question was based on a faulty assumption."

MSNBC

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House


Trump transition the slowest in decades
In the News

April 13, 2017

"The Trump administration is appointing Senate-confirmed positions, including those critical to national security, at a historically slow pace, according to experts tracking the effort to staff up the government. Terry Sullivan, executive director of the nonpartisan White House Transition Project, characterized the progress as "slow -- in every dimension."

FCW

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


Why the Trump administration has so many vacancies
In the News

April 11, 2017

"Hundreds of key jobs across the federal government remain vacant as a result of an overworked White House personnel office that is frustrating Cabinet secretaries and hampering President Donald Trump’s ability to carry out his ambitious legislative agenda. The process is bogged down as a result of micromanaging by the president and senior staff, turf wars between the West Wing and Cabinet secretaries and a largely inexperienced and overworked staff, say more than a dozen sources including administration insiders, lobbyists, lawyers and Republican strategists."

Politico

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


Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State
In the News

April 11, 2017

"President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's deputy, the White House announced Tuesday."

CNN

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, 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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