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How big a deal are the governmentwide hiring reforms that Trump just signed into law?
In the News

August 13, 2018

President Trump on Monday signed into law a defense bill that included a provision with major changes to the federal hiring process. Good government groups heralded the changes as a key reform to help agencies recruit the next generation of talent.

Government Executive


President Trump signs bill adopting Volcker Alliance recommendations for federal civil service hiring practices
In the News

August 13, 2018

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, President Trump signed H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, into law, which includes improvements to federal employee hiring practices endorsed by the Volcker Alliance and Partnership for Public Service. The new legislation contains provisions focused on recruiting, hiring, and attracting a younger workforce outlined in the Renewing America's Civil Service, a joint initiative of the Alliance and the PartnershipThe two nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations focused on helping build a high-performing, effective government, formed the initiative to identify specific policy, regulatory, and statutory opportunities to improve how the federal government recruits, develops, and manages its workforce.

Markets Insider


Appointee watch: Border patrol chief named as record vacancies continue
In the News

August 10, 2018

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced Thursday that he has appointed Carla Provost to be the new permanent chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Government Executive


The civil service is becoming fractured. Should we care?
In the News

August 07, 2018

When most people who know something about government think of the federal civil service, they think of workers covered by the General Schedule and Title 5 of the United Sates Code. Proposals for reform typically have that population in mind.

FedSmith


Wages on the rise
In the News

August 01, 2018

WAGES ON THE RISE: The pay picture finally looks a bit brighter, Harriet Torry reports in the Wall Street Journal. “U.S. workers received their biggest pay increases in nearly a decade over the 12 months through June,” writes Torry, “a sign the strong labor market is boosting wages as employers compete for scarcer workers.”

Politico


State Department still has a lot of vacancies: Pompeo's mixed success
In the News

August 01, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “is building a great culture at the State Department and bringing on people who are truly exemplary.” So declared Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at a July 25 hearing otherwise fraught with tensions over issues like President Trump’s tweets and his secretive meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Government Executive


Vacancy rate for top agency jobs continues to set records
In the News

August 01, 2018

The Trump administration continues to lag behind previous administrations in filling top jobs across government. Seventeen months into his presidency, President Trump has filled 346 out of 686 key posts jointly tracked by the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post.

Government Executive


Trump announces nominee to head OSTP
In the News

August 01, 2018

President Donald Trump has tapped Kelvin Droegemeier to be his chief science and technology advisor.

Federal Computer Week


Let’s honor public service
In the News

July 31, 2018

President Trump may have campaigned on “draining the swamp” of Washington, D.C. and Americans’ views of Congress may be as low as we’ve ever seen, but now, more than ever, it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of the fact that Americans want a federal government that works efficiently for the country and for them.

The Hill


New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists now in power
In the News

July 29, 2018

In one of his first acts as President Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary, Robert Wilkie intends to reassign several high-ranking political appointees at the center of the agency’s ongoing morale crisis and staffing exodus, according to three people familiar with his plans.

The Washington Post


Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to lead VA
In the News

July 23, 2018

The Senate easily confirmed Robert Wilkie on Monday as the 10th secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, elevating the top Pentagon official and Washington insider to lead an agency that serves a key constituency for President Trump but has floundered amid political infighting.

The Washington Post


Democrats sound alarm over Trump's plan to slash the federal government
In the News

July 18, 2018

A congressional hearing on reforming the federal bureaucracy devolved into rancor on Wednesday morning, with some Democrats charging that the Trump administration is trying to privatize essential government functions, including the U.S. Postal Service, without compelling reasons to do so.

Yahoo! News


Temporary EPA chief could keep gig for years without Senate vote
In the News

July 16, 2018

President Donald Trump’s temporary replacement for embattled former EPA chief Scott Pruitt may not be so temporary after all.

Bloomberg


“A terrible idea, for so many reasons”: civil servants react to Trump’s reform plans
In the News

July 13, 2018

The US president has set out a series of organisational changes, including the break-up of the Office of Personnel Management – the federal HR policy and services agency. Tamar Wilner hears concerns over the creeping politicisation of America’s professional civil service.

Global Government Forum


Official with for-profit ties to oversee postsecondary education
In the News

July 11, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has delegated the role of assistant secretary of postsecondary education to Diane Auer Jones, whom Democrats have been wary of because of her ties to for-profit colleges and universities.

Bloomberg Government


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