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Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries
Tools and Templates

March 08, 2017

The guide for incoming cabinet deputy secretaries is designed to support a secretary lead effectively from their first day.

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Tag(s): agency landing teams, appointees, best practice, management


The Transition Partners’ Proposed Management Priorities
Research and Publications

March 05, 2017

Several government management organizations—the transition partners—came together to advance the common goal of ensuring a smooth, safe and effective presidential transition. The group has outlined several practices in each area that new leaders can adopt immediately to improve government performance and enable policy implementation.

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Tag(s): management, policy


Trump’s White House seeks new apprentices
In the News

March 04, 2017

"President Donald Trump built a career shaping on-screen apprentices. Now his administration is becoming a magnet for interns who want to be stars. Traditionally hailed as a path to public-sector employment, the White House Internship Program is drawing young applicants with media, entertainment and business bragging rights fit to serve a former reality television mogul."

Politico

Tag(s): management, vetting, 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


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


The real-life consequences of the federal hiring freeze
In the News

February 09, 2017

Donald Trump’s late January order to halt government hiring has produced stress, anxiety, and confusion for current employees and those wishing to join them.

The Atlantic

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, management, White House


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, transition management, White House


Secretary Hillary Clinton’s calendar during the first few months of the Obama administration
Tools and Templates

January 11, 2017

This calendar provide detailed information regarding the day to day activities of Secretary Clinton during her first few months in office. Consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, certain limited aspects of the secretary’s calendar are not released publicly.

Department of State

Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, management, historical


Attorney General Eric Holder’s calendar during the first few weeks of the Obama administration
Tools and Templates

January 11, 2017

This calendar provide detailed information regarding the day to day activities of Attorney General Holder during his first few weeks in office. Consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, certain limited aspects of the attorney general’s calendar are not released publicly.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, management, historical


Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives
External Resource

November 30, 2016

This e-book, published by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, is designed to assist political executives and career executives new to their position, navigate the current political environment and the world of Washington. Containing the “to-dos” necessary to “get it done” in Washington and discussions of important Washington stakeholder groups. 2017 edition

IBM Center for The Business of Government

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, policy


Governmentwide Moratorium on Senior Executive Service (SES) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Cases
Tools and Templates

November 18, 2016

Office of Personnel Management memo announcing suspension of agency qualifications review boards for Senior Executive Service positions when agency heads depart.

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Tag(s): agencies, management, Office of Management and Budget


Memos to National Leaders
External Resource

November 15, 2016

The National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government published this set of 25 memos to national leaders focusing on five themes: managing government; strengthening policy leadership; managing across boundaries; sharpening the tools of government; and increasing capacity to manage complex policy Issues.

The National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, policy


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