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Trump has a new innovation office. It’s unclear what that means for 18F and USDS.
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House, which has provided sparse details, will work with chief executives from prominent tech businesses including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, according to the Post. That new team will make policy recommendations and report directly to Trump on ways to “improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future and spur job creation,” according to a presidential memorandum issued late afternoon Monday."

NextGov

Tag(s): management, policy, 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


Jared Kushner will reportedly lead the White House Office of American Innovation
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, Donald Trump is expected to announce that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will oversee the creation of a new White House office that seeks to help the U.S. government run more like a business, in an effort to cut down on bureaucracy and make good on several key campaign promises. On Sunday night, The Washington Post first reported that Kushner would soon be tapped to lead the White House Office of American Innovation, whose goal is to streamline government bureaucracy through the application of business principles."

Teen Voguee

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


New White House innovation office to take on federal acquisition
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House is creating a new Office of American Innovation to take on one of the stickiest wickets in the government — procurement, and particularly the buying of technology. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump is naming Jared Kushner, the assistant to the President and his son-in-law, to lead the new office."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Memo to Jared Kushner: managing government isn’t like business. It’s much harder
In the News

March 27, 2017

"As if Jared Kushner didn’t have enough to do in between managing his father-in-law’s political impulses on climate change and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal employees and brokering peace in the Middle East, another perpetually Sisyphean task landed on his desk on Monday. Every president since Ronald Reagan has vowed to make the federal government run with the efficiency and attention to excellent results and customer service the business world is supposed to possess. As much as President Trump can be said to have any fixed beliefs, he believes in himself as a businessman and dealmaker, which makes this pledge particularly close to the core of his identity and his campaign. And so Kushner has been tapped to lead “a SWAT team of strategic consultants.”"

The Washington Post

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, White House


New White House innovation office to focus on tech, VA and more
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump is creating a White House Office of American Innovation that will initially focus on issues such as federal technology modernization, technology procurement and overhauling systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump formally launched the office within the White House via an executive order signed Monday. Jared Kushner — Trump’s assistant to the president and senior adviser — will head up the office, spokesman Sean Spicer said in Monday’s press briefing."

Fed Scoop

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


The road to government reform is filled with landmines
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to identify duplicative and unnecessary programs and improve services holds the promise of helping bring our government into the 21st century. In many respects, we have institutions created for a different era. Our government provides exceptional services in some areas, but has not kept up with best-in-class private sector organizations in others. The moment is ripe for evaluating where we are and where we need to be in terms of the way government conducts business, manages taxpayer money and serves the needs of the American people."

Government Executive

Tag(s): Congress, 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


Trump isn’t running the government like a business
In the News

March 23, 2017

"Most businesses do business with other companies that are crucial for their success -- suppliers, distributors, lenders, advertising agencies and the like. Able executives understand the value of proven partners and treat them with respect. Trump, by contrast, has undermined our chief military alliance, NATO; heaped contempt on the leader of a vital ally, Germany; and done everything possible to antagonize a previously friendly neighbor, Mexico. Business leaders sometimes have to fight, but the smart ones avoid unnecessary quarrels with those whose cooperation they may someday need."

Town Hall

Tag(s): appointments, 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


Performance specialists like Trump’s management agenda
In the News

March 20, 2017

"A surprising amount of text in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 “skinny budget” released last Thursday was devoted to reforming agency management. Among the proposals were calls to reorganize government to boost efficiency, to rely on data to judge program performance, and to free managers from overly prescriptive guidance to take advantage of private-sector practices."

Government Executive

Tag(s): budget, management, White House


Why eliminating government agencies is a lot easier said than done
In the News

March 17, 2017

"On Monday, Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," which calls for the director of the Office of Management and Budget to consult with agency heads and within a year develop a plan for improving government efficiency."

NPR

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


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


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