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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


“Jared Kushner, Trump adviser: administration can’t fill jobs, so Ivanka’s husband takes them all”
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Nearly three months into the Donald Trump presidency, nearly half the top jobs in the State Department remained vacant. The administration hasn't nominated a deputy secretary to serve under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nor has it nominated a deputy secretary for the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and the Interior. Of 553 key positions requiring senate confirmation, 486 of them do not yet have a nominee, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks political appointees."

International Business Times

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump loyalists reshuffled at key agencies
In the News

April 05, 2017

"As the Trump administration continues to navigate a rocky first 100 days, it is reshuffling staff --including a fleet of campaign loyalists. About a dozen temporary political appointees on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “beachhead” team -- placed in the agency beginning on Inauguration Day -- were notified last week they would not receive permanent positions at the department. Almost all were for"

CBS News

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


‘It is a mess’—downsizing won’t be easy
In the News

April 05, 2017

"How you do lay off thousands of U.S. EPA employees? Slowly — and painfully. President Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year would slash EPA funding by 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, leading to 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. Shrinking the EPA workforce by that much would require serious time and effort — identifying the makeup of every worker, consulting with outside agencies, negotiating with various unions."

E&E News

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


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


'It went off the rails almost immediately’: How Trump’s messy transition led to a chaotic presidency
In the News

April 04, 2017

"Two days after the November election, leaders of President Trump’s transition team presented his inner circle with more than 100 names of candidates for key Cabinet and other senior positions in the new administration. Missing from the list for the post of national security adviser was retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to two knowledgeable officials."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, 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


Meet the Obama holdovers who survived Trump’s sweep
In the News

April 01, 2017

"Anytime there is a change in administrations, career government officials face a tricky transition. But that process has been particularly difficult under Mr. Trump, because of the insurgent nature of his campaign and his deep suspicion of the permanent bureaucracy."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointees, management, White House


Trump and May both need to avoid being at the mercy of events
In the News

March 30, 2017

"The problem, it seems, is that both May and Trump are relying on their past experiences to get them through in their current roles. This is understandable. Although she did not end up having to run against anybody for the leadership in the wake of Cameron's resignation, her very solidity and thorough mastery of her brief in her years at the Home Office made her attractive at a turbulent time in British politics. For Trump it was the very fact that he was a maverick businessman prepared to tear up the rules that so endeared him to those fed up with career politicians."

Forbes

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump White House ponders way forward as troubles mount
In the News

March 29, 2017

"While critics question the administration's focus, or lack of it, Trump officials said they are working on what he promised during last year's campaign. "All of these are important and have been priorities that the president laid out months ago," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that officials are meeting and talking about "the best path forward.""

Politico

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Sean Spicer’s kiss of death: ‘phenomenal’
In the News

March 29, 2017

"The health care debacle, the travel ban setback, difficulties with Mexico, a slew of empty positions across the government — all are symptoms or causes of President Donald Trump’s rocky first few weeks in office. They also have another thing in common: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has used the word “phenomenal” to describe them."

Politico

Tag(s): 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


Trump gets credit for tackling federal management issues
In the News

March 28, 2017

"President Trump’s new plan for a White House Office of American Innovation run by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is winning some plaudits from long-time observers of similar government efficiency campaigns. The danger, however, could appear in the form of large-scale layoffs and an unfruitful reliance on contractors, some say."

Government Executive

Tag(s): management, White House


Help wanted
In the News

March 28, 2017

"The collapse of the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare last week was followed by some unnerving revelations in the press, which painted a picture of a president who dismissed Republicans’ paramount concerns as “the little sh**” and a White House counselor who insisted to skeptical lawmakers that they had “no choice” but to vote for the bill. Now comes another glaring sign that the young administration is ill-prepared for the duties of governing: The astonishing number of high-level positions that President Trump still has yet to fill."

The National Review

Tag(s): appointments, 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


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