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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 budget plan brings uncertainty, layoff fears
In the News

March 01, 2017

"Leave it to Donald Trump to bring a cold front to Washington’s warm winter. His plan to cut $54 billion in domestic discretionary spending could make his hiring freeze look like a sunny day. Yet the president’s budget plans are so vague at this point, federal employees don’t know how to dress. They should prepare for the worst. Taxpayers too."

The Washington Post

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


Seven questions heading into Trump’s address to congress
In the News

February 28, 2017

"With President Trump set to address a joint session of Congress around 9:00 pm ET tonight, we can state the obvious: His administration has gotten off to a slow start. Just 15 members of his cabinet and team have won Senate confirmation, compared with 29 for Barack Obama and 22 for George W. Bush at this same point in time, per data from the Partnership for Public Service."

NBC News

Tag(s): Congress, transition management, 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’s off to a rough start. Here’s what can make his job easier.
In the News

February 28, 2017

"Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency as a billionaire businessman who would bring private-sector expertise to Washington. But as he quickly discovered, it is much harder running the federal government than a family enterprise."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): Ready to Govern, 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


Faithfully executed: the technology begins the presidential inauguration
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As the transition team for President Donald Trump grapples with how to oversee the federal government, technology is primed to become an increasingly critical piece in the turnover. Digital tools — from virtual reality to spreadsheets to cyberintelligence reports — allow the incoming and outgoing teams to streamline their work, better serve constituents and enhance communication."

FedTech Magazine

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, Ready to Govern, transition management


Rex Tillerson is the opposite of Donald Trump. Will he have any sway?
In the News

February 25, 2017

"For the man who is the public face of US diplomacy, Tillerson keeps a remarkably low profile. Which has left staff at the State Department, and the journalists who cover it, wondering how he will fare against competing power centres in the White House, and how he will represent America to the world."

BBC News

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


The deafening silence in Foggy Bottom
In the News

February 23, 2017

"The State Department employs more than 70,000 people around the world, the vast bulk of them apolitical civil servants. In the weeks since President Donald Trump took office, some have gone. Perhaps of greater concern, fewer have come."

Politico Magazine

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


Rating Trump’s yuge month one
In the News

February 20, 2017

"If you think of Donald Trump’s presidency as a 48-minute NBA game, we’re only at the one-minute mark. So how come after just one tumultuous month of scandals, protests, unprecedented controversies and unfathomable tweets, it already feels like we’re heading into overtime?"

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): transition management, White House


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