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Trump’s skeletal crew
In the News

March 12, 2017

"But while Democrats did stall several Trump Cabinet picks, the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require confirmation are vacant because of a personnel crisis in the Trump White House. And there are many such empty slots. Trump has named only 20 sub-Cabinet-level positions, including two who withdrew — a list that includes nominees for ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners, according to a tracker from the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service."

The National Review

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


Trump still hasn’t filled hundreds and hundreds of federal jobs vital to an administration
In the News

March 12, 2017

"In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump liked to complain publicly about the deliberative pace of his Cabinet nominees’ confirmation proceedings in the Senate. But with his Cabinet now in place—now what? The answer: not a lot."

Slate

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


Trump lets key offices gather dust amid ‘slowest transition in decades’
In the News

March 12, 2017

"From the moment he was sworn in, President Trump faced a personnel crisis, starting virtually from scratch in lining up senior leaders for his administration. Seven weeks into the job, he is still hobbled by the slow start, months behnd where experts in both parties, even some inside his administration, say he should be."

The New York Times

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


Trump administration slow to name deputies
In the News

March 10, 2017

"President Donald Trump still hasn't named a number of key deputy secretaries to back up his Cabinet -- posts that experts say are essential to smooth functioning of the government. The lack of nominees for the key positions comes as Trump still needs to fill nearly 2,000 appointed positions in governments -- and as Democrats continue to slow-walk confirmations of the nominees he has named."

CNN

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


Trump push to cut political appointees reveals partisan split
In the News

March 06, 2017

"With Trump's Cabinet now largely in place, Capitol Hill is bracing for an onslaught of nominees for deputy secretaries, associate administrators and other senior officials. But the president doesn't seem to be in a hurry to hire people, and the parties are split over that decision."

E&E News

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


Trump admin has over 500 unfilled appointed positions
In the News

March 05, 2017

Insight on 'America's News HQ' about the challenges presidents face when filling vacancies.

America's News HQ

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


NYT Editorial Board: Trump seems to have ‘lost interest’ in creating a federal government
In the News

March 04, 2017

"A New York Times op-ed published on Friday painted a stark picture of President Donald Trump's fledgling administration. Trump has appointed fewer than three dozen of the top 1,000 officials needed to run the US federal government."

Business Insider

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


Home alone in the Trump administration
In the News

March 03, 2017

"Mr Trump promised a management mind-set "to make this country great again." First he needs managers."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, 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: no plans to fill ‘unnecessary’ appointed positions
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it. Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation."

Fox News

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


Out of curiosity, President Trump, which of these 500-plus positions aren’t worth filling?
In the News

February 28, 2017

"One problem with Trump’s admittedly clever spin on these positions is that it’s not like he’s suggesting the government cut 600 random jobs in distant, bloated government offices. The hundreds of jobs that are at stake are ones that require Senate approval, some 515 of which remain unfilled, according to a tool tracking those appointments that The Post developed with the Partnership for Public Service."

The Washington Post

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


Trump slow to submit nominations for top administration posts
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Donald Trump wants to overhaul the tax code, replace the national health-care system and roll back regulations on most major industries. He faces at least one immediate obstacle: There is no one there to help him do it."

The Wall Street Journal

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


Trump’s Cabinet secretaries wait for White House to fill jobs
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As President Trump's Cabinet secretaries settle into their new offices across Washington, they could find their earliest efforts hampered by vacancies stretching several layers down the chain of command at each agency."

Washington Examiner

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


Trump is bad at filing executive branch posts. That’s not entirely his fault.
In the News

February 24, 2017

"Five weeks into his presidency, only 14 of President Trump‘s executive-branch nominees have been confirmed to start working in government. As many have documented, his administration is off to a more skeletal beginning than Barack Obama‘s, George W. Bush‘s, and Bill Clinton‘s. Part of the thin staffing can be chalked up to more-laborious-than-usual confirmation processes:"

Washingtonian

Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical


Trump, an outsider demanding loyalty, struggles to fill top posts
In the News

February 18, 2017

"As Mr. Trump brings candidates for national security adviser to meet with him in Florida this weekend, he presides over a government where the upper echelons remain sparsely populated. Six of the 15 statutory cabinet secretaries are still awaiting Senate confirmation as Demoncrats nearly uniformly oppose almost all of the president's choices. Even some of the cabinet secretaries who are in place may feel they are home alone."

The New York Times

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


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